Lawmakers take up $117.5B budget without governor's support

Jun 15, 2015 11:26 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a Democratic spending plan for the next fiscal year but they still have more work ahead.

The Legislature plans a Monday vote on a $117.5 billion budget that would send billions more to public schools and create a new tax credit for the working poor.

But Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't signed off that plan.

The Democratic governor and Republicans are worried the state won't collect as much in taxes as Democrats are forecasting, leaving the state vulnerable.

Democrats hope to get Brown's blessing to spend $749 million more on child care, health care and welfare. They are also seeking higher funding for the University of California and California State University systems.

Lawmakers must pass a budget by midnight to continue getting paid.

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