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Jerry Brown opens door to gimmicks budget

posted Jun 14, 2011, 6:55 AM by Gary Jones   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 7:00 AM ]
The governor and legislature (like past governors and legislatures) is focusing on school money to kick the can down the road. (Superintendent Jones)

Two days before the state budget deadline and with no sign of a deal, Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday he would consider using accounting gimmicks to balance California's budget deficit, despite his longstanding promise not to."

"Lawmakers are under pressure to send a balanced budget to Brown by Wednesday or forfeit pay, and sources not authorized to speak publicly said legislative Democrats are drafting a plan that relies on non-tax revenues and cuts while avoiding the harshest program reductions.

The majority-vote budget would reimpose $3 billion in deferred payments to schools, forcing districts to borrow more while avoiding deep program cuts. Brown proposed in May using additional tax dollars to pay schools that money on time."

Read the entire article here: Sacramento Bee