As California's big-city mayors rallied in Sacramento to save their redevelopment agencies from the fiscal chopping block, Gov. Jerry Brown pushed back Wednesday with a simple and direct message: "The money's not there."
Striking a strident tone in an afternoon press conference, Brown called the redevelopment agencies a "piggy bank" that the state needs to crack open to fund education and local services as California grapples with a $25-billion deficit. He said shutting down the state's nearly 400 municipal redevelopment agencies is a crucial part of his budget proposal and will save $1.7 billion.
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