California Lawmakers Set Budget Vote As Deadline Looms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) _ California lawmakers have scheduled a Friday budget vote on their plan to balance a $15.7 billion deficit as they run up against a constitutional deadline and risk losing pay.

With Gov. Jerry Brown refusing to sign off on their plan, Democratic leaders said they are working on two tracks to pass a budget and continue negotiations with the governor on welfare cuts.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Democrats are urging the governor to back off cuts to programs that assist the poor, but Brown maintained the cuts are needed to help bring the state back to fiscal balance.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said the two sides can bridge their differences.

KCBS, CBS 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Reports:

Democrats plan to pass the main budget bill to keep their paychecks flowing. They said they will take up more contentious issues later.

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