Calif. lawmakers pass budget plan on $15.7B gap

1:27 PM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers have approved a plan to balance California's $15.7 billion deficit without Gov.  Brown's endorsement so they can keep collecting their paychecks.

The Senate passed the main, $92 billion budget bill Friday on a 23-16 vote, and the Assembly also passed the measure, 50-25.

The Legislature's plan has fewer welfare cuts than the governor proposed.

The proposal is contingent on passage of a tax increase initiative on the November ballot. Otherwise,  further cuts will be automatically triggered.

Assemblyman Budget Chairman Bob Blumenfield said lawmakers tried to soften the most severe cuts to social services (such as CalWORKS) and proposed "more compassionate alternatives to some of the governor's proposals."

Republicans say the plan is incomplete and are urging Brown to veto the bill. The governor hasn't indicated what he will do.

By passing the bill Friday, lawmakers met a midnight deadline to pass a balanced budget and won't lose any pay.

The Associated Press and News10/KXTV

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