BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Gov. Jerry Brown is planning a stop Tuesday in Bakersfield to talk about his budget plan.
The private meeting at city school headquarters is one of three stops planned over two days, according to the governor's press office.
During the stops, the governor plans to meet with education, water, agriculture, law enforcement and community leaders in Fresno, Kern and Riverside counties.
"Last week, Governor Brown proposed a balanced budget that pays off more than $11 billion in debt and builds a lasting rainy day fund while continuing to invest in public schools and expand health care coverage for millions...," his office stated in a media advisory.
After the preliminary budget was released last week, there were protests by small groups in Bakersfield that said the plan didn't do enough for college students or the state's poor.
But, the governor's office disputes that, saying when Brown took office the state faced a massive $26.6 billion budget deficit and estimated annual shortfalls of $20 million.