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Legislature Approves Budget Package Without Tax Increases, Vetoed by Brown

For the second time in 25 years, the State Legislature approved a budget plan (AB 98) before the June 15 deadline. It was also the first time since 1933 that a budget was passed with only a simple majority, which was possible since there were no tax measures that would require a two-thirds majority vote. It was, however, promptly vetoed by Governor Brown.

Governor Brown Vetoes Budget Plan

Brown criticized the bill for its inability to address the deficit, possibility for new debt, legally questionable maneuvers and unrealistic savings. He called upon Republican lawmakers to “allow the people of California to vote on tax extensions,” lest the state be “forced to pursue deeper and more destructive cuts to schools and public safety.”

By meeting the budget deadline, legislators will continue to receive their salaries; they would have otherwise lost pay for each day the state went without a budget. This budget bill did not include Brown’s initial plans which called for a special election on tax increases/extensions.

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