Jerry Brown

Governor warns of deficits as California tax campaign begins

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday raised the specter of steep budget deficits if his voter-approved, temporary tax increases on the wealthy are allowed to expire — a warning that added political overtones to his proposed $122.2 billion state budget.

Brown used the release of his spending plan to warn of a $4 billion budget shortfall by 2019, when the tax increases fully expire.

The Democratic governor refused to take a position on extending the tax hikes, but he warned that without the added revenue, "we will have cuts, no question about that."

Brown regularly cautions about the perils of a looming recession, but his warning about steep deficits...