Jerry Brown Busy with Budget, Skips White House Visit Today Gov.-elect Jerry Brown isn’t among the nation’s governors-elect traveling to the White House for a meeting today with President Barack Obama. Obama campaigned for Brown in California in October and has invited incoming governors nationwide to the bipartisan meeting. Brown, who faces a $25.4 billion state budget deficit, including approximately $6 billion this fiscal year, will instead stay in state to work on budget-related matters. The Legislative Analyst’s Office has reported that the state will face continuing deficits of roughly $20 billion a year at least through 2016, unless drastic steps are taken. The solution will ultimately involve a combination of cuts, revenue increases and a realignment of state services in which counties and cities get greater authority. Brown’s promise that he would not raise taxes without voter approval means that Californians will need to decide which programs to do without. Brown is not alone, as many governors face similar problems. The nation’s battered state governments face a collective $41 billion budget gap next fiscal year, a survey released Wednesday found. State officials around the country will have to contend with slow revenue growth, increased spending demands and the end of federal stimulus assistance next year, according to the semi-annual Fiscal Survey of States, released by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers. Meanwhile, Governor Schwarzenegger is on schedule to convene a special session of the legislature starting Monday, devoted to the budget shortfall. He hasn’t yet detailed what steps he will propose, but his press secretary, Aaron McLear, gave a hint on Tuesday: “You can expect ugly cuts.” He added that the governor would not be proposing to extend any of the tax hikes that are set to expire in the coming year and that Schwarzenegger’s special-session agenda will be “more along the line of cuts than large state government reform.” Although the governor will offer a last-ditch budget proposal to close this year's deficit, don't expect his ideas to go very far. Democrats are likely to ignore his special-session budget, instead waiting until Democratic Gov.-elect Jerry Brown issues his own plan one month later. They also think the deficit problem should be viewed in its $25.4 billion entirety, not just as a short-term $6 billion gap with an end date defined by a governor who will soon be leaving office. Read a CNNMoney.com article about budget shortfalls in states across the country .