Brown: California budget deficit rises to $16 billion

In a gloomy preview of his May budget release, Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that California’s deficit has mushroomed to $16 billion, nearly $7 billion higher than he last estimated.

In previous years, lawmakers have relied on one-time solutions to minimize budget pain – an option that Republicans have advocated for this year in lieu of Brown’s tax hike. Steinberg has repeatedly discussed using about $1.5 billion in residual affordable housing money to help reduce welfare cuts, to the chagrin of housing advocates.

Sacramento Bee

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