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Schools getting cut again

More cuts to schools

School Cuts

School Cuts

California’s budget deficit has grown to a projected $16 billion and the state will have to make severe cuts to schools and public safety if voters reject tax hikes in November, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday.

The Democratic governor said the state’s shortfall grew from $9.2 billion in January because tax collections have not come in as high and the economy isn’t ramping up as fast as the administration had hoped. The deficit has also gone up because billions of dollars in state cuts have been blocked by lawsuits and federal requirements.

“This means we will have to go much farther and make cuts far greater than I asked for at the beginning of the year,” Brown said in an online video. “But we can’t fill this hole with cuts alone without doing severe damage to our schools. That’s why I’m bypassing the gridlock and asking you, the people of California, to approve a plan that avoids cuts to schools and public safety.”

Brown did not release details of the deficit Saturday but he is expected to lay out a revised spending plan for the coming fiscal year on Monday in both Sacramento and Los Angeles. The new plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 hinges in large part on voters approving higher taxes.

The governor has said tax increases are necessary to help pull the state out of a crippling decade shaped by the collapse of the housing market and recession. He warned that public schools, colleges and public safety will suffer deeper cuts without new taxes.

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