Gov. Brown Vetoes Democratic Budget Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed the Democratic budget plan approved Wednesday in the Legislature, restarting talks over how to close California’s $9.6 billion deficit.

The Democratic governor says he vetoed the entire set of budget bills passed by majority Democrats. It includes several provisions that would likely face a legal challenge, including imposing a $12 fee on vehicle registrations, a firefighting surcharge on rural residents and an extension of a hike in the sales tax.

He says the plan sent to his desk “will not stand the test of time.”

The plan was widely seen as a placeholder until Brown could compromise with Republican lawmakers over whether to extend a series of expiring tax increases.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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