California Governor Brown wants new budget, fast

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 17, 2011 5:13 PM

BLYTHE, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown said on Friday he is pressing for a fast state budget deal with lawmakers, one day after he vetoed a spending plan approved by fellow Democrats.

Speaking at a groundbreaking event for a massive solar power plant in the Mojave desert, Brown said he wanted to see a budget passed in a matter of days.

"I would like to see it done over the weekend. If not over the weekend, then Monday. If not Monday, then Tuesday," Brown told reporters.

California's fiscal year ends this month, and Brown said he wanted a deal before then.

"The end of the fiscal year is a good deadline to avoid," he said. "I'm going to solve the problem. I'd like to in a few days or a week or two."

Brown said he is in active negotiations with legislators to reach a deal on a spending plan that would close a shortfall of about $10 billion.

In a hardball move, Brown vetoed the Democrats' budget on Thursday, saying it contained "legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings."

Brown's budget plan would extend tax hikes to raise revenue and would make deep spending cuts.

Democrats have complained that Brown wants too much in spending cuts and needs to find Republican support for his tax plan.

(Reporting by Mary Slosson; Writing by Nichola Groom; Editing by Leslie Adler)