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L.A. Now Live: Discuss Jerry Brown's proposed budget cuts

May 15, 2012 | 10:05 am

Times state political reporter Chris Megerian will join City Editor Shelby Grad for a discussion about Gov. Jerry Brown's new plan to close California's growing deficit.

The online chat will be held at 11:30 a.m. Questions can be submitted live during the discussion.

Megerian and reporter Anthony York have been reporting on Brown's revised budget proposal and his plan to help close a $16-billion budget gap, far larger than the $9.2 billion he had predicted in January. 

Brown is proposing slashing welfare benefits and healthcare for the poor and reducing state offices to a four-day week. Brown is also hoping voters will approve his proposed ballot measure to raise the state sales tax and income levies on the wealthy.