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Governor Brown Checks In With Californians Over YouTube

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Governor Brown addresses the people of California over YouTube.

Governor Brown addresses the people of California over YouTube.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is “checking in” with the people of California over YouTube.

   The Democratic governor has uploaded his first YouTube video, calling on lawmakers to let voters decide how to deal with the state’s $26.6 billion budget shortfall.

   Brown says the Legislature has solved only half the problems after making billions of dollars in cuts. He says the Legislature should now let the people decide whether to extend temporary taxes enacted two years ago or cut deeper into universities, education, health care, and police and fire services.

   The governor urged people to tell lawmakers they would like the chance to cast a vote.

   So far, no Republicans have supported Brown’s plan. But the governor is negotiating with five senators who are seeking pension reform, a spending cap and regulatory cuts.

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