AirTalk for May 14, 2013

How will Governor Brown spend the state’s budget surplus?

Gov. Jerry Brown

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California Governor Jerry Brown in Washington, D.C.

Today, Governor Jerry Brown unveils how he plans to use the estimated $4.5 billion in extra tax revenue the state has collected in the first 8 months of the fiscal year. Some lawmakers want to use the money to restore cuts to social safety-net programs like Denti-Cal and state mental health programs, but Brown is on the record calling for lawmakers to practice fiscal discipline and work to pay down the state's massive debt instead. How should the governor spend this found money?

Julie Small, KPCC reporter covering Sacramento

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