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.