Jerry Brown's Budget: The Axeman Cometh

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There were no real surprises, but the newly elected Governor hopes release of his budget will be a reality check for all Californians. Jerry Brown said today there's no choice but to require "sacrifice from every sector." Welfare would be cut in half, the University system would take a 20% hit, and cities and counties might well be pitted against each other to continue services many people depend on. Voters will be asked for a 5-year extension of supposedly "temporary" tax hikes to make sure it's not a lot worse. Can Brown succeed where Schwarzenegger failed? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in print, on TV and on the Internet, debate rages over what led to Saturday's deadly rampage in Tucson. We update the facts and the blame game.

Banner image: California Governor Jerry Brown (C) walks with advisors to a press conference about his proposed budget at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images



Warren Olney