SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and fellow Democratic state lawmakers are heading into the final week of state budget talks having already agreed to a rainy day fund and paying down debt.
But lawmakers have their own plans for what to do with California’s newfound surplus in the year that starts July 1.READ MORE: Bicyclist Fatally Struck While Riding On I-580 In Oakland
Democratic lawmakers are pushing to restore recession-era social service cuts and proposing new programs such as preschool for low-income families.
Brown has refused new spending, arguing that most of the $2.4 billion in new revenue is temporary due to stock market gains.READ MORE: CDC Recommends Indoor Masking, Finds Delta Variant More Dangerous Than Previously Thought
Lawmakers are using the governor’s proposal to use cap-and-trade money for high-speed rail as a bargaining tool.
Brown and legislative leaders hope to reach a deal by the June 15 constitutional deadline to pass a spending plan.MORE NEWS: More South Bay Bars Demand Proof of Vaccination Despite Customer Backlash
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