California governor vetoes budget, wants "strong medicine"

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Posted: Jun 16, 2011 2:08 PM
California governor vetoes budget, wants "strong medicine"

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday said that he had vetoed the budget passed the day before by state legislators, saying it did not go far enough in addressing long-term state problems.

"California is facing a fiscal crisis and very strong medicine must be taken," Brown said in a video address which sharply raised the stakes and may force Democrats who pushed through the measure to re-engage.

The septuagenarian leader who returned to lead the state three decades after his first stint has said in the past that a "breakdown" was needed to obtain a "breakthrough" on mending the state's finances.

"Today I have vetoed the California state budget. I do so

reluctantly but with clear purpose. For a decade the can has been kicked down the road and debt has piled up," Brown said in a video posted on YouTube.

He added in a written statement that the budget contained "legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing and unrealistic savings."

(Reporting by Dan Levine, Jim Christie and Peter Henderson)