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Democrats hope for higher revenue, more spending

June 12, 2013 • Business


State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, laugh as Gov. Jerry Brown said either way he answers a question concerning a labor agreement reached with state employees, he will, error, as he discussed the California budget during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif.. Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The compromise budget plan reached between Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders largely mirrors the governor’s proposal for a fiscally restrained spending plan that assumes conservative revenue projections.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The budget compromise 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 on time, although they will push for funding pet projects next year. That’s when they expect the state’s tax revenue will be coming in higher than the Brown administration projects.

Such a scenario could clear the way for hundreds of millions of dollars in discretionary spending on a wide range of programs, from Medicaid reimbursements paid to doctors and hospitals to extra money for courts and community colleges. Just this week, the state controller’s office said monthly cash receipts beat estimates by 12.4 percent, or nearly $800 million.

“If the revenues continue to perform as they have, the question Login to read more

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