One state worker in Oakland says she might have to go on welfare if Governor Brown's proposed cuts become reality.
She says she has two children. She adopted one of them four years ago.
"It's a chance if they keep cutting my pay, my adopted child may have to go back because I can't afford her," she said.
The woman, who doesn't want to be identified, says she can't believe Governor Jerry Brown is looking at cutting state workers pay once again, to balance a huge budget gap.
Back in January, Brown estimated the budget shortfall to be nine billion dollars. Now that deficit has grown to nearly 16 billion dollars he says.
The governor is calling it a day of reckoning.
"While the short term pain is real, I think the greater good is to balance the revenue and spending and that's what I'm committed to doing," Brown said.
Brown is looking at a four day work week for state workers and huge cuts to medicare.
"The message in the governor's budget is if we don't approve temporary tax increases in November, the cuts will get a lot worse. Schools could be forced to close up to 15 days a year," Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia said.