SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 03: Jerry Brown delivers remarks after he was sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California on January 3, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Jerry Brown will begin his third term as California's governor 28 years after serving his last term. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
"These cuts will be painful, requiring sacrifice from every sector of the state, but we have no choice," Brown said in a statement posted on his website. "For 10 years, we’ve had budget gimmicks and tricks that pushed us deep into debt. We must now return California to fiscal responsibility and get our state on the road to economic recovery and job growth"
As for revenue, his proposal calls for an election in June. Voters will be asked to continue income and sales taxes, and the Vehicle License Fee rate for five years.
Money from the sales tax and vehicle license fee will be given to local governments, Brown said.
Just two years ago, voters rejected an extension of the taxes as part of a package of ballot measures promoted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers.
"Without decisive action, the state's severe budget problems will persist, threatening economic recovery, job growth, public education and the quality of life in California," Brown said. "The adoption of this budget will position the state to lead the country as it slowly recovers from the Great Recession."
Brown said during his campaign he would not raise taxes without voter approval, which will be sought in the June election.
The plan requires support from Republicans, and it also assumes the state Legislature would pass a spending plan by March. Recent budget debates that have continued into the fall.