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California Governor-elect Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference at his campaign headquarters on November 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.
“Painful,” “a tough budget for tough times,” “a day of reckoning”… this is how the newly sworn in Governor Jerry Brown described his budget plan, the details of which he announced this morning. Brown is now responsible for the U.S. state with the biggest economy, the most numerous population and the reddest of red budget deficits - $28 billion. Digging California out of this hole won’t be easy, and he’ll very likely face opposition from lawmakers, unions, educators and every other group that will be affected by the promised cuts. An austerity budget, no gimmicks, no gridlock… just how is that going to work?
Ramon Cortines, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District
Sen. Bob Huff, R-CA’s 29th District, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties; Vice-Chair of the Senate Budget Committee