SacBee: Lawmakers approve California budget with midnight deadline looming

The spending plan, a compromise between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic majority, includes more money for high-speed rail, Medi-Cal and welfare-to-work, and an expansion of child care and preschool for poor children.

It also begins to pay down an estimated shortfall of more than $74 billion in the teachers’ pension fund and puts about $1.6 billion into a special rainy-day account.

The budget’s passage resolves months of budget negotiations at the Capitol, a process that has become less rancorous as the state’s financial condition has improved. The Father’s Day vote came just before the midnight deadline by which lawmakers must pass a budget to avoid losing pay.

“This is a much brighter day than what we’ve seen in years past,” said Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, adding that only in recent years have lawmakers started restoring cuts made during the recession.

 

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