Gov. Brown has refused to detail the cuts he might enact if the legislature and/or voters reject the extension of temporary tax increases that were part of his plan.
But the legislature's non-partisan analyst just did. In response to a request from a Democratic legislator, the Legislative Analyst's Office has detailed $13.5 billion in budget cuts that might result.
The highlight -- or lowlight, depending on your perspective -- would be $5.2 billion in cuts to schools and community college. This would eliminate class-size reduction in the early grades and require children to be 5 before starting kindergarten. Higher education would take a $1.1 billion cut -- on top of the $1 billion of cuts Brown is already proposing. The courts and criminal justice would be hard hit too.
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Of course, this is just one alternative. But it's useful for voters and lawmakers to see what they're facing if they don't like what Brown is selling.