Brown taps deep political skills to sell budget

  • In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, Lew Uhler, president of the National Tax-Limitation Committee, discusses his opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to place a tax increase measure on the ballot, in Sacramento, Calif. To get his proposed $84.6 billion state budget approved, Brown will have to marshal all the skills he has amassed over a lifetime in politics to overcome the opposition of from anti-tax organizations.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO — Jerry Brown promised Californians plenty of pain in his budget plan for the coming year, and he was right.

He has proposed $12 billion in spending cuts, much of it coming from higher education and services for the poor, disabled and elderly. And he wants to ask voters in a special election to extend increases in the sales, income and vehicle taxes.

Republicans and anti-tax groups already are dismissing Brown's plan to extend the tax hikes for another five years to pay for a host of programs, drawing a line in the sand just weeks into Brown's term.

But after spending most of his life in politics, the Democratic governor is unlikely to cede his proposal to the hyper partisanship that permeates the Capitol.

Instead, Brown will try to marshal all the skills he has amassed over a lifetime in politics to sell his plan, but he will have to do so quickly.

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