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Gov. Brown remains hopeful about tax plan

In this file photo, Jerry Brown, then California Attorney General, speaks at the Bryant Temple AME Church Friday Nov. 20, 2009 to announce his office is beginning an investigation into a nationwide scam that has defrauded more than 30 Southern California-based African churches. At right is senior Rev Clyde Oden Jr. (Nick Ut)

April 6, 2011 12:33:52 AM PDT
Gov. Jerry Brown remains hopeful about his tax plan. He still hopes to win a vote in the legislature to ask Californians whether they want a tax extension to help close the state's deficit.

Brown is also planning a statewide tour to push his message for more tax revenue to save programs.

Brown already signed $11.2 billion in spending cuts, mostly to social services, leaving the state with a $15.4 billion budget deficit. He said Tuesday that Californians of all political persuasions have no appetite for billions of dollars in further cuts.

"I think ultimately, from everything I can tell, people don't want to make drastic cuts. They don't want to gut the university, gut public education, weaken public safety," he said. "But under our system ... the only way to get tax extensions is Republican votes. We must get those four votes."

A balanced budget revision is expected to make the May 14 deadline.

The governor says it will then be up to the state legislature to decide whether to pursue honest cuts to close the deficit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.