Politics

California state Senate leader says Gov. Brown needs better understanding of poor

Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) at a news conference at a plastic bag manufacturing plant in Vernon with Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), left.
Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) at a news conference at a plastic bag manufacturing plant in Vernon with Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), left.
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The leader of the state Senate says Gov. Jerry Brown would find money for more child care spending if he had more education about the plight of the workingpoor.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, grew up in a San Diego barrio. He said Thursday during a luncheon address that he will push Brown to provide money in the state budget for child care for the poor.

The Democratic governor released a record $113 billion state spending plan that rejects new spending. Despite surging tax revenues, Brown argues that the budget is precariously balanced and the state should prepare for the next economic downturn.

Although past lawmakers have failed to significantly expand subsidized child care, de Leon said it remains a serious issue.