Podcast: The politics of Jerry Brown’s budget
With the release of his $92.6-billion spending blueprint last week, Gov. Jerry Brown began a political campaign that gives California voters a choice between higher taxes or billions of dollars in spending cuts to public schools.
Republicans have called the budget a "ransom note," saying Brown's framing of the debate is craven and political.
Meanwhile, the state's nonpartisan legislative analyst said Brown's assumptions about incoming revenues could be billions of dollars too high.
This week's Capital Notes Podcast reviews the week that was in Sacramento, dissecting the budget plan and looking to the November ballot, which is expected to decide many of this year’s key budget issues.
KQED’s John Myers, The Times’ Anthony York and Marisa Lagos of the San Francisco Chronicle discuss the budget, the current court fight over legislative maps and how all sides are already preparing for a very high-stakes election this fall.
You can listen to the podcast here
-- Anthony York in Sacramento
Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his proposed $92.6-billion state budget for 2012-13 at a Capitol news conference Jan. 5. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press