Jun 12, 2015 3:06 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats are continuing to negotiate a new state spending plan ahead of the deadline to pass a balanced budget.
Lawmakers have scheduled a Monday vote on a $117.5 billion spending plan that increases social spending for the poor. Democratic leaders will keep trying to broker a compromise with Brown in the days ahead.
The Democratic governor's proposal calls for $115 billion in spending. He is concerned about lawmakers' plans to increase spending for child care, welfare, in-home support, health care and higher education.
Democrats say theirs is a responsible budget that sets aside money for a rainy day, pays down debt and boosts schools.
They hope to get Brown's blessing to spend $749 million more for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
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