California State Senate leader mulls cuts to GOP districts

This story comes from the AP via the San Diego Union-Tribune.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Democratic leader of the state Senate said Wednesday he is interested in the possibility of targeting Republican districts for budget cuts if GOP lawmakers keep refusing to let Californians vote on tax extensions.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters he has considered an idea floated by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer to cut funding in districts represented by Republicans.

Democrats, led by Gov. Jerry Brown, are seeking to renew increases to sales, personal income and vehicles taxes as an alternative to an all-cuts budget to close the state’s remaining $15.4 billion shortfall.

Despite starting negotiations earlier this year, Brown has been unable to find the Republican votes needed in the Assembly and Senate to call a special election so voters can decide the matter. The governor will update his budget plan next month. The state Legislature faces a June 15 deadline to pass a balanced budget before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

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