Gov. Brown Releases $165 Billion State Budget Proposal

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Gov. Jerry Brown discusses California finances during a Capitol news conference on May 13, 2013. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Four days after taking the oath of office for the fourth time, Gov. Jerry Brown released his $164.7-billion budget proposal on Friday morning in the Capitol.

Once again, Brown called for fiscal restraint, warning that even with a rebounding economy and balanced budget the state faces billions of dollars in liabilities, including the costs of state retiree healthcare.

“Now we have a carefully balanced budget, more precarious than I’d like, but it is balanced,’’ Brown said at a morning news conference at the Capitol. “It’s not a time for exuberant overkill on our budget spending.’’

Among the most notable aspects of the governor’s proposed budget was what was missing. The spending plan did not set aside funds for providing Medi-Cal for undocumented immigrants, a proposal under consideration in the California Legislature.

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