Assembly Speaker: No All-Cuts Budget

Assembly Speaker John Perez insisted Tuesday that closing the state’s remaining $15 billion deficit with spending cuts is out of the question, and vowed to step up pressure on Republicans to relax their anti-tax stance. “Talking about an all-cuts approach is in essence an exercise in futility,” the Los Angeles Democrat said at a Capitol press briefing. Perez said he will be seeking new revenues through a two-thirds vote that could be ratified by voters later — a departure from Gov. Jerry Brown’s vow to take any tax proposal to the people for a vote. “I’m not the governor and I didn’t make that promise,” Perez said. “The approach the governor had was an admirable one and one we supported, giving the voters a vote by June 7. What happened was Republicans ran out the clock on that option.”

 

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