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Jerry Brown - Meg Whitman debate: California state budget

October 12, 2010 |  6:55 pm

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Tom Brokaw called the California budget a budget of "smoke and mirrors" and pressed Jerry Brown to talk about what he would propose as governor.

Brown said he wanted to fast-track the budget process, starting "two weeks after the election," even before he's sworn in.

"I want to take it on the road," he said. "I think we have to articulate in a very clear way, what is California government."

"I want to see the governor cut 10 to 15% of his budget," he said.

Whitman said "the next governor has to have a plan," and criticized Brown for not having one.

"It will be the same old same old" if Brown is elected, she said.

"I've got a very detailed plan," said Whitman, who also talked about wanting to "engage the Legislature."

 "I've got 30 years of experience of balancing budgets and using technology," she added.

-- Anthony York in San Rafael, Calif.

Photo credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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