Democrats are divided over whether to reveal to the public exactly what might be cut from the state budget if voters do not approve tax increases and extensions to help close California's $25.4 billion deficit.
Gov. Jerry Brown has challenged Republicans in the Legislature to put taxes on the ballot in an attempt to stave off what he says will be deeper budget cuts. But Brown so far has refused to tell people exactly what they would be deciding.
He has said he does not want to appear to be threatening voters.
The state Senate has requested that the Legislative Analyst's Office prepare a list of possible cuts, but members of the Assembly have avoided the subject.
On Monday, Gil Duran, a spokesman for Brown, said generally the cuts would be made in public and higher education, public safety, and health and social services, but he was not specific.
Pension reform or shrinking the bureaucracy - let alone closing destructive agencies like the Air Resources Board - aren't even on the table. No, it's schools and prisons.
Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, who had to run a gauntlet of harsh media attacks on his character and business record, is going straight at the one thing Jerry Brown won't touch.
Republican governors are taking on the bureaucracy and unsustainable pensions. Democrat governors are raising taxes and slashing services, all so Blue State voters can continue paying for the "retirements" of able bodied adults in their fifties. At least now we can have a side-by-side comparison between left and right governance.