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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference about the state budget on May 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Brown proposes $8.3 billion cuts in California to help close a projected $16 billion budget shortfall.
Typically, reforming a budget comes down to two options: cut spending or raise revenue. But California’s Governor Brown has chosen a third way, do both. Facing increasing budget deficits, Gov. Brown has pushed together a plan of hefty budget cuts and proposed tax increases on the November ballot.
Marc Cooper recently interviewed Gov. Brown for Pacific Standard magazine on his “pragmatic” approach on tackling the deficit, including increased taxes on wealthy earners, cut in welfare services and the roadblocks to transforming California.
Marc Cooper, director, founder, USC’s Annenberg Digital News; associate professor of Professional Practice