Democratic lawmakers are pushing to restore recession-era social service cuts and proposing new programs such as preschool for low-income families.
Senate Democrats are beginning the new two-year session Monday with a 27-vote supermajority — instead of 29 votes — because Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino and Juan Vargas of San Diego resigned their seats last week after being elected to Congress.
When Gov. Jerry Brown announced last week that he was ending budget negotiations with Republicans he rejected a lengthy list of requests GOP lawmakers wanted in exchange for their votes.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was poised to call lawmakers into an emergency budget session, calling spending cuts “simply unavoidable.”