It was only a few hours and one computer glitch ago that Gov. Jerry Brown was freely dodging questions about his annual spending plan, telling reporters this morning to wait for its release next week.
"You got enough for today," the Democratic governor said after meeting with county officials in Sacramento. "This is a budget, it's got hundreds of pages. I want you guys to read it."
Sooner than later, it turned out.
"Due to a tech glitch, the state budget was posted to a public website today," Brown spokesman Gil Duran said on Twitter this afternoon. "Therefore, we will roll it out at 2:30 p.m. in (Room) 1190."
According to state Finance Department spokesman H.D. Palmer, a budget document that was intended to be uploaded to an internal site was instead posted mistakenly on the state's public budget website, www.ebudget.ca.gov.
The document was up for only about an hour this morning, but, Palmer said, "in this day and age, you can't put that toothpaste back in the tube."
The administration seemed to take it in stride. When asked after Brown's news conference to explain what had happened, Finance Director Ana Matosantos said, "The budget got released, and I think we're about done."
Upstairs at the Capitol, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, was even spinning it for Brown.
"The governor is so committed to an on-time budget," Pérez said, "that he's even five days ahead of himself."
PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown discusses the cuts he has already made to help reduce the state's budget deficit from nearly $20 billion last year to a gap of about $9.2 billion as he unveiled his proposed $92.5 billion 2012-13 state budget at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli)