Politics

California Legislature passes record $117.5B budget

Though the spending proposal is likely to pass, the work isn't done. Legislative leaders are still negotiating with Gov. Jerry Brown on a deal he'll support.
Though the spending proposal is likely to pass, the work isn't done. Legislative leaders are still negotiating with Gov. Jerry Brown on a deal he'll support.
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California lawmakers have approved a new $117.5 billion budget plan that focuses on spending more to help the working poor.

The state Senate and Assembly passed AB93 by wide margins within minutes of each other Monday.

Though the spending proposal has cleared the Legislature, budget work remains.

Legislative leaders are still negotiating with Gov. Jerry Brown on a deal he'll support.

Democrats control both houses of the Legislature and have made fighting poverty a top priority. Their plan calls for higher state spending on health care, welfare and child care in addition to sending billions more to public schools.

Brown and Republicans are worried the state won't collect as much in taxes as legislative Democrats predict.

Lawmakers needed to pass a budget by midnight Monday to continue getting paid.