Gov. Brown "Checks In" During First YouTube Video

"Amazingly, there's been a lot of cooperation and a lot of progress," Brown said.

Monday, Mar 21, 2011  |  Updated 3:24 PM PDT
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Gov. Brown "Checks In" During First YouTube Video

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SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 10: California Governor Jerry Brown speaks to reporters as he announces his proposed budget at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Governor Brown announced a balanced state budget that cuts spending by $12.5 billion and includes an eight to ten percent cut in take home pay for state employees and proposes a "vast and historic" restructuring of government operations. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Gov. Jerry Brown is "checking in" with the people of California over YouTube.

The Democratic governor has uploaded his first YouTube video, calling on lawmakers to let voters decide how to deal with the state's $26.6 billion budget shortfall.

"Some big things have been going on in our capitol," Brown said during the video. "Yes, there's some fighting among the parties but, amazingly, there's been a lot of cooperation and a lot of progress."

Brown says the Legislature has solved only half the problems after making billions of dollars in cuts. He says the Legislature should now let the people decide whether to extend temporary taxes enacted two years ago or cut deeper into universities, education, health care, and police and fire services.

The governor urged people to tell lawmakers they would like the chance to cast a vote.

So far, no Republicans have supported Brown's plan. But the governor is negotiating with five senators who are seeking pension reform, a spending cap and regulatory cuts.

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