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Governor Brown releases revised state budget proposal




 California Governor Jerry Brown announces his public employee pension reform plan October 27, 2011 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California.
California Governor Jerry Brown announces his public employee pension reform plan October 27, 2011 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California.
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The revised budget proposal, released this morning in Sacramento, comes in at $156.2 billion -- $1.3 billion more than the one unveiled in January. Most of the extra money, $1.2 billion, would go towards the state's Medi-Cal program. The new budget proposal states that 1.4 million more enrollees than the state expected in January have signed up for Medi-Cal under Obamacare.

The revised budget plan also sets aside $142 million for the drought-related expenses. The state legislature is required to pass a budget by June 15. Lawmakers will lose pay if they fail to do so.

It other state capitol news, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has become the new California Assembly Speaker--the first San Diegan to hold the post.

Guest: 

Chris Megerian, Sacramento reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He covers state politics and the budget.