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The president of the California State Association of Counties told Gov.-elect Jerry Brown at this morning's budget forum that counties are making severe cuts and that any discussion about shifting services from the state to local governments must include local leaders.

"We need to be at the table," Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione said from the floor at Memorial Auditorium.

Tavaglione said a reasonable shifting of service delivery from the state to local governments is understandable but that "we also need the funding to do that."

In any conversation about realignment, Brown told Tavaglione, "You will be included."

Earlier, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor said nothing the state does to address its budget crisis - whether raising taxes or cutting services - will benefit the overall economy.

"No matter which way you go, it's not going to be a good effect on the economy."


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