(AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown is warning that the state’s budget shortfall may be larger than predicted and called on state lawmakers to “man up” and pass his proposed spending cuts.
During an interview Friday with San Francisco radio station KGO, the Democratic governor said the state budget deficit will likely exceed the $9.2 billion shortfall his administration predicted earlier this year.
He urged lawmakers to approve the billions of dollars in cuts he proposed in January, including additional rollbacks to social service programs. Brown said that because the economy is unpredictable, “the Legislature has to man up and make the cuts.”
The comment recalled one by former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, when he mocked lawmakers as “girlie men” during a 2004 budget standoff.