Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has suspended budget negotiations with the Republicans. As the Governor writes:
I put forth a balanced balanced budget plan that included deep cuts and extensions of current existing taxes. Under our constitution two Republicans from the Assembly and two from the Senate must agree before these tax extensions can be put to a vote of the people.
Each and every Republican legislator I’ve spoken to believes that voters should not have this right to vote unless I agree to an ever changing list of collateral demands. Many of the Republican demands will actually increase our budget deficit and mean additional cuts to education and public safety.
Much is at stake, and in the coming weeks I will focus my efforts on speaking directly to Californians and coming up with honest and real solutions to our budget crisis.
You can also watch a video released by the Governor below.