(AP) - Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman say California's budget impasse is a symptom of California's dysfunction but are clashing over potential solutions.
In their first gubernatorial debate, Whitman says California has a government it can no longer afford and criticized Brown for being too cozy with public employee unions.
Brown says Whitman's approach of targeted tax cuts to improve the state's economy will benefit only the rich and leave the
working class and middle class behind.
Tuesday's hourlong debate at the University of California, Davis, is the first of three between the candidates.