Lawmakers turn attention back to state budget

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A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Legislative leaders return next week to hashing out agreements on the governor’s proposed $8 billion in cuts to health, welfare, scholarships and more.

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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