Gov. Brown to Outline Revised Budget Plan following Announcement of $16 Billion Shortfall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown will lay out details of a revised state spending plan today after announcing over the weekend that the state’s budget shortfall has swelled to $16 billion. Brown said the deficit is much larger than he predicted just a few months ago in part because tax collections have not come in as high as expected and lawsuits and federal requirements have blocked billions of dollars in state cuts. Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway says the bulging budget deficit “underscores how we must rein in spending.”

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