The Governor was in San Diego yesterday, stumping for his jobs plan. Katie Orr of KPBS was there and filed this report.
Katie Orr: Brown's plan focuses on changing the corporate tax structure in California, which he says would generate $1 billion in revenue.
Brown's plan focuses on changing the corporate tax structure in California, which he says would generate $1 billion in revenue. A key to making it work would be eliminating a system that lets corporations choose how they're taxed.
But Republicans have resisted Brown's plan, calling it an increase on business taxes.
Brown needs GOP support to get the plan through the legislature. The governor acknowledges any compromise with the Republicans would change his plan somewhat, though he wouldn't say what's being considered.
Governor Jerry Brown: Any time you have legislation, it's the work of more than one hand. So, there are some Republicans who are already on board.
And there's active discussion by those individuals with other legislators of that party. So, I'm reasonably optimistic we're going to get something by the end of the week.
Orr: Brown needs a bill by the end of the week, because that's when the legislative session ends. He made his pitch at biotech company Gen-Probe, which manufactures products to screen blood.
David Gollaher is CEO of the California Healthcare Institute, an advocacy group for biotech companies in California. He told a gathering of Gen-Probe workers that Brown's jobs plan would help the industry by providing manufacturing tax breaks.
Sales tax would be either reduced or eliminated for manufacturers in the state.
David Gollaher: As it happens, the life sciences is one of the industries that America still preserves its lead in.
We're still globally competitive and, in fact, still a leader in biotechnology and high tech medical devices and diagnostics. But that leadership has never been more susceptible to threat than it is today.
Orr: Brown says he wants to see California focus on manufacturing as a way to create more jobs for the state.
For The California Report, I'm Katie Orr in San Diego.