Jerry Brown Opens Door to Gimmicks Budget

 Two days before the state budget deadline and with no sign of a deal, Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday he would consider using accounting gimmicks to balance California’s budget deficit, despite his longstanding promise not to. His changing rhetoric, following months of failed talks with Republicans, comes as Brown braces for the Legislature to send him a budget that does not include the tax revenue he is seeking. “I will take a very hard look at it,” Brown told reporters at the Capitol. “We’ve had discussions with the leadership, and I’ve told them the way I see things, and we’ll see what happens when they bring it down.” Such a move would be politically perilous for Brown’s still-young governorship, but it remains unclear if he would follow through.

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