State Politics

Lawmakers Push To Restore Benefits, Pre-K In Final Week Of State Budget TalksDemocratic lawmakers are pushing to restore recession-era social service cuts and proposing new programs such as preschool for low-income families.
Democrats' Supermajority Down By 2 In State SenateSenate 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.
California Budget List A Byproduct Of GOP FrustrationWhen 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.
Schwarzenegger Proposes $9.9B In Cuts, Fund ShiftsGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was poised to call lawmakers into an emergency budget session, calling spending cuts "simply unavoidable."

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