Shortly after Controller John Chiang announced that he would block pay to lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown spent about an hour behind closed doors with the Senate Democratic Caucus.
As he exited the meeting, Brown refused to pass judgment on Chiang's analysis. Instead, he looked past the decision and said now it's now time to "set up" the budget and get it voted on by legislators.
Most of the Senate Democrats were frustrated by the controller's announcement, saying that the budget they approved a week ago was indeed balanced. Upon entering the elevator to head back to his office, Brown offered a positive take on his chat with the senators.
"I think we've made a good step forward," Brown said.
Watch all of his remarks below.
Video by by Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee.