04/09/2011 03:16 pm ET Updated Jun 09, 2011

California Budget: Brown Takes Tax Plan To GOP Strongholds

Reporting from Riverside -- Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off a two-day swing through heavily Republican areas Friday to sell Californians on his plan for more taxes, telling teachers and community leaders that without the levies they would be hit hard by further budget cuts.

Employing Power Point and a professorial tone, Brown said the state's fiscal mess could lead to the shuttering of as many as six university campuses or the turning away of as many as 100,000 students, without the taxes he wants. During the appearance at an elementary school, he offered few other specifics but warned of dire consequences if his plan is not implemented.