Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that the state budget deficit could be $1 billion or more greater than the $9.2 billion he previously thought.
"I think it will be bigger than it was before," the Democratic governor told reporters after speaking to the California Medical Association in Sacramento. "Whether it's $1 billion or a couple billion, we'll let you know in a couple weeks."
Brown will release revised budget projections in May.
Legislative Democrats so far this year have resisted spending cuts Brown proposed and his request that they be enacted by March. Lawmakers have said they will wait until later in the budget calendar to make cuts.
Brown said today that he isn't frustrated by that resistance.
"The way the minuet is played," he said, "first you go through the next couple of months, and then, after June, then you really get down to business."
Brown said he is "doing my best" to push reluctant Democrats for pension changes and spending cuts.
"I keep pushing it, and I keep pushing the cuts," he said. "But it's a little early yet ... The moment of truth will be here in June."