Brown May Call For Special Election To Rip Off Budget 'Band-Aid'

02/08/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Anthony York, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Sacramento --
California voters could be presented with a tough choice by summer under a proposal that Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is considering: Approve new taxes or other revenue in a special election, or live with far fewer government services.

Brown is holding talks with small groups of lawmakers and influential interest groups about how to put that decision before the public. He won't discuss his plans publicly, but people involved in the private discussions expect him to propose a special election after enacting a dire austerity budget in the spring.