Lawmakers turn attention back to state budget

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Next week, state lawmakers will turn their attention back to the state budget.

Legislative leaders are trying to hash out an agreement on the governor’s proposed $8 billion in cuts to health and welfare, college scholarships, state worker compensation and more.

Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg says he and Governor Brown agree on trying to find ongoing solutions to the state’s $16 billion deficit rather than one-time fixes.

“I feel like we’re on a comparable page here in terms of our goal," says the president pro-tem. "How we get there I think revolves around reducing the most harmful of the cuts.”

Budget hearings continue next week. There’s a constitutional deadline of June 15, but lawmakers have missed that many times.

Republicans aren’t part of the discussions because passing a budget only requires a majority of votes in the Senate and Assembly — and Democrats hold majorities in both houses.

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