October 31, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are facing a Sunday deadline to pass a $108 billion spending plan that will meet Gov. Jerry Brown's demands for a rainy day fund and paying down debt.
The proposal allocates some of next fiscal year's surplus to programs benefiting lower-income Californians, including a 5 percent increase for welfare recipients. Democrats also secured $264 million to expand preschool and day care for low-income families.
Brown scored a significant victory in securing ongoing cap-and-trade funding for California's high-speed rail project, which has been beset by legal and financial challenges.
Lawmakers are scheduled to take up the main bill and companion legislation late in the afternoon, ahead of the constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget.
Under a voter-approved initiative, lawmakers lose their pay if they miss the deadline.