Calif. Budget Plan Boosts Spending but Democrats Seek More

SACRAMENTO (AP) – On its face, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $122.6 billion California budget plan would seem to please Democratic interests by pumping billions of new dollars into public schools, health care for the poor and public infrastructure, even as it bolsters the state’s rainy day fund. Brown touted his income tax credit for the […]

Governor and Democratic Leaders Announce Budget Deal

SACRAMENTO — The budget compromise announced today between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders largely mirrors the governor’s proposal for a fiscally restrained spending plan that assumes conservative revenue projections. But there’s a catch: Rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers say they are agreeing to less spending than they wanted so they could pass the budget […]

Governor: Tax Hikes Needed For $16B CA Budget Gap

SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday proposed more than $8 billion in cuts to close a widening California budget deficit but also said public schools will receive more money if voters approve his tax-hike initiative in November. The governor wants public employees to take a 5 percent pay cut and also seeks cuts […]