School chiefs warn of drastic cuts without a tax extension
With time running out for a budget deal, a group of California school superintendents is pressing for a tax vote, saying that the state's schools will see debilitating cuts if tax extensions are not approved in June.
The superintendents told reporters Monday at the Capitol that they have urged Republican lawmakers to accept Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax election, a big part of his budget plan.
If the measure fails, Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Michael Hanson said, "We will spend the '11-'12 school year decimating, devastating and tearing down programs across this entire state."
GOP senators have demanded pension, regulatory and other changes in their budget negotiations with Brown.
Asked about what kind of budget deal he would support, Jonathan Raymond, superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District, said, "It isn't our job to come up with a deal. What we're saying is we want these measures on the ballot in June."
The Democratic governor needs at least two Republican votes in each house to put taxes on the ballot. Brown is considering alternatives, including a November ballot initiative. Hanson said if lawmakers wait until November, schools would be devastated by whatever spending cuts Brown proposed in the interim.
"Frankly, November does us very little good," he said.
Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani has filed paperwork declaring her intention to run for secretary of state in 2014. The Livingston Democrat is serving her final term representing the 17th Assembly District. Current Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who is termed out in 2014, is running for Congress. If Bowen wins, Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a successor for the rest of her term.
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"It gets to the point where this is the only thing you can think about. I started this job when we were at the worst point since the Great Depression."
ANA MATOSANTOS, California finance director, talking to the New York Times about what else? the state's budget impasse