Jun 15, 2014 6:45 PM
Moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Assembly has approved the main budget bill for California's $108 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year.
According to the Associated Press, the legislation, SB852, passed 55-24 Sunday and heads to the Senate for approval.
The unusual Father's Day legislative session came on the last day the Legislature had to meet its June 15 constitutional deadline to send a balanced budget to Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor and Democratic legislative leaders had agreed to the key details for the budget late last week.
The final plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 meets Brown's demands for a rainy day fund and paying down debt while allocating some of the surplus to programs benefiting lower-income Californians.
Republican lawmakers praised the budget plan for including the governor's more conservative revenue projections but said it still contains increased spending that will be unsustainable once temporary tax increases expire in a few years.