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Brown may ask voters if they want higher taxes or fewer services. What do you think?

December 9, 2010 |  9:31 am

Jerry Brown at budget briefing


California voters might end up making the tough budget choice: raise taxes or cut services, according to a report by The Times' Anthony York:

California voters could be presented with a tough choice by summer under a proposal that Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is considering: Approve new taxes or other revenue in a special election, or live with far fewer government services. Brown is holding talks with small groups of lawmakers and influential interest groups about how to put that decision before the public. He won't discuss his plans publicly, but people involved in the private discussions expect him to propose a special election after enacting a dire austerity budget in the spring.

Would you vote for new taxes to close California's massive budget deficit? Or it is time for Brown and the Legislature to slash spending? Tell us what you think.

Photo: Gov.-elect Jerry Brown leads a bipartisan meeting in Sacramento on California's state budget. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / Dec. 8, 2010)