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Gov. Brown wants state workers to repay advances

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 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
California Gov. Jerry Brown is cracking down on state workers who have not repaid salary and travel advances.

A 2009 audit found $13.3 million in advances had not been collected by 11 agencies.

That total includes more than $500,000 in advances that have been outstanding for more than three years.

As it turns out, many departments failed to deduct payments from the worker's paycheck.

This is just one way Brown plans to close the budget gap. He's also proposing a statewide election to ask voters to extend sales, income and vehicle taxes.

Brown will be in Santa Clarita on Thursday to push for support.