This weekend, Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown announced that the predicted state budget deficit has ballooned from $9.2 billion to $16 billion, in the space of just four months. State revenues fell far short and expenses significantly exceeded predictions made in January.
In a video posted on YouTube Saturday, Jerry Brown blamed the increased expenditures on court cases preventing some of his budget cuts, particularly to social services. He also boasted about the billions he cut, in collaboration with the state legislature, from welfare and MediCal.
With an additional $7 billion of deficit to cover, Brown made clear that more savage austerity was planned. “We will have to go much further and make cuts far greater than I asked for at the beginning of the year.” Details of Brown’s proposed cuts will be released on Monday morning.