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AM Alert: Brown unveils May revision amid possible budget slump

Gov. Jerry Brown points to a chart showing how balanced budgets are quickly followed by large budget deficits as he discusses his revised state budget plan at the Capitol on May 14, 2015.
Gov. Jerry Brown points to a chart showing how balanced budgets are quickly followed by large budget deficits as he discusses his revised state budget plan at the Capitol on May 14, 2015. The Associated Press

For the last few years, California tax revenues have blown past Gov. Jerry Brown’s estimates, spurring pushes (some successful, some not) by Democratic lawmakers to pour those billions into social services and other new spending.

2016 initially seemed to promise more of the same. But April forecasts came in lower than expected, raising the possibility that Brown may actually have to cut from his $171 billion budget proposal he made in January.

The governor will release his final revenue projections, and how he’d like the state to spend that money, when he unveils his May budget revision, 10 a.m. in Room 1190 of the Capitol. Will Democrats still be champing at the bit when all is said and done?

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The California Senate offered a playful, purple tribute to Prince.

VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE: If the record-low turnout in the last election is any indication, California voters are not feeling too interested in democracy these days. How can the state get the public more involved? Perhaps by hosting a forum at the same time the budget is released. The Assembly Select Committee on Civic Engagement meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Branch.

MIND THE GAP: Speaking of that low voter turnout, it belies a major gap in participation between ethnic and economic groups: The California electorate is much whiter and wealthier than the state as a whole. Secretary of State Alex Padilla and others discuss what it means for politics and how to diversify the voting population, noon at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. The event is hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California and will be webcast.

POLITICAL REMATCH: One of the legislative races to watch this year is happening in the 66th Assembly District, encompassing Los Angeles’ South Bay region, where Democrat Al Muratsuchi is trying to reclaim the seat he lost to Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Manhattan Beach, by 706 votes in 2014. The district leans Democratic, but Hadley has raised three times as much as his rival so far. They will be participating in a League of Women Voters forum in Torrance on Sunday.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, who turns 66 on Saturday, and to Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, who turns 54 on Saturday.

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