Brown ditches special election, seeks new budget

Gov. Jerry Brown has abandoned his plan for a special election this year to ask voters to extend temporary tax hikes as a way to help close California's budget deficit.

Instead, he and Democratic legislative leaders announced a budget deal Monday that makes deep cuts to programs and relies on an assumption that revenue will climb $4 billion more than expected.

Another $2.6 billion in cuts to schools and other programs would be triggered if the extra revenue fails to materialize.

Few other details were released during a brief news conference with Brown and the Democratic Senate and Assembly leaders.

The Democratic governor failed to reach a deal with GOP lawmakers after six months. Democrats now say they will instead try to put taxes on the ballot in November 2012.

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