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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 3:18 pm

Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget today that includes $12.5 billion in spending cuts over a year and a half year.

Brown said he plans to ask voters to extend a higher tax rate for sales, vehicles and income over the next five years. Voters already rejected a similar proposal in 2009.

He also plans to cut payroll and health options for state employees in unions without contracts, resulting in $308 million in savings.

Brown plans to cut $1.5 billion from welfare, $1.7 billion from Medi-Cal, $500 million each from the University of California and California State University Systems, $750 million from services for the developmentally disabled and $200 million from the state bureaucracy.

His plan also calls for the eventual elimination of redevelopment agencies. Galt has a redevelopment agency that has contributed $4 million to a senior housing center and paid for facade improvements for businesses.

The Lodi City Council has tried to move forward with redevelopment several times, but has received resistance from the public, most recently with Measure W in 2009.

Check out the actual budget for a more indepth look. 

We are all working on reactions from local officials, so make sure to read about it in Tuesday's paper.