Calif. Legislature passes $96.3B Democratic budget

June 14, 2013 • Business

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME OF CITY FROM SANTA CLARA TO SANTA CLARITA – As the Assembly debated the state budget, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, looks over some papers at the Capitol in Friday, June 14, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. By a 54-25 vote the Assembly approved the $96.3 billion state budget negotiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders that benefits from California’s recovering economy and a tax increase approved by voters last fall.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Legislature passed California’s massive state spending plan Friday amid sharp divisions over whether the compromise struck by Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown will further the state’s recovery or eventually return it to the multibillion-dollar deficits common during the recession.

Lawmakers had until midnight Saturday to send the governor a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, but they acted swiftly after the state’s top Democrats reached a deal earlier in the week. Both houses approved the main budget bill, AB110, on party-line votes: 28-10 in the Senate and 54-25 in the Assembly.

They will reconvene Saturday to vote on roughly 15 bills that will enact specific parts of the budget.

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said the $96.3 billion Democratic spending plan ends the “doom-and-gloom” scenarios that Login to read more

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