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USA Why Jerry Brown's budget gambit may backfire with California voters

Gov. Jerry Brown and fellow Democrats got halfway to closing California's budget deficit by cutting. They hope voters will opt to raise taxes come November to cover the rest. But the political winds may be blowing against them, analysts say.

By Daniel B. WoodStaff writer / June 28, 2012

Rich Pedroncelli/AP

The state budget that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed late Wednesday will balance only if voters in the Golden State approve $8 billion in new taxes in November – and Mr. Brown and fellow Democrats in the capital are painting a dire picture of what will happen to public schools and social services if voters reject that option.