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Brown’s New California Budget May Not Need Republicans

June 21, 2011

(Updates with governor’s comment in fourth paragraph.)

June 21 (Bloomberg) -- California Governor Jerry Brown told Democrats that he’s preparing a new budget plan that won’t need support from Republican lawmakers in order to pass, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Brown, who vetoed a proposal by fellow Democrats last week, met privately today with Senate and Assembly members to brief them on his ideas, according to legislative aides apprised of what the governor said. They declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak about the meetings.

Brown, 73, and lawmakers are at an impasse over how to bridge a $10 billion deficit. Without a budget, the biggest issuer of municipal debt in the U.S. is unable to borrow on Wall Street to pay bills when the fiscal year starts July 1.

“I’ll be sharing some very specific ideas tomorrow,” Brown said late today. “There will be several ideas I’ll propose.”

The governor’s earlier spending plan, to balance the budget by extending more than $9 billion of expiring taxes and fees, was blocked by Republicans. He then vetoed an alternative designed by Democrats, saying it used legally doubtful maneuvers.

--Editors: Pete Young, Ted Bunker

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael B. Marois in Sacramento at mmarois@bloomberg.net; James Nash in Sacramento at jnash24@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net


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