SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – A noon rally is planned on Tuesday on the capitol steps in Sacramento. Legislators will be urged to prevent more cuts to the state’s health and human services programs.

It comes as budget committees in both houses have approved most of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to close a nearly $27 billion deficit.

The Democratic-controlled houses will now work to consolidate the two approved plans into a single package.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Sacramento State Political Science Professor Michael Semler said it’s progress.

“The governor’s moving it along and the legislative leadership’s pushing it along so everybody’s on the same train, the dilemma is will everybody agree to go to the same destination,” questioned Semler.

Brown’s plan includes deep cuts of more than $12 billion in higher education, health and social services.

It also requires voters to approve extending sales, income and vehicle taxes, something no Republican legislator has come forward to support, which is necessary to meet the two-thirds vote requirement for ballot measures.

Governor Brown has put a March 10th deadline on the budget plan so a special election on the taxes can be held in June.

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