California Legislature Approves New Budget
The vote was almost completely along party lines as not a single Republican supported the plan, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Senate approved the budget, 23-16, while the Assembly voted, 50-25.
“The deadline was met,” said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat from Sacramento. “We passed a budget today that is balanced.”
The budget will next go to Gov. Brown, who has not indicated whether or not he will sign it. The approved spending plan makes fewer cuts to welfare, child care and college scholarships than the Governor wanted in trying to erase the state’s $15.7 billion budget gap.
Brown has 12 days to decide whether he will veto the entire budget, veto individual line items or sign the budget bills, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Negotiations between Brown and his fellow Democrats are expected to continue into next week.
“These ‘take it or leave it’ budgets have been unbalanced, built on gimmicks, and are neither transparent nor honest,” said State Senator Jean Fuller, a Republican from Bakersfield.