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California Lawmakers Reach Budget Agreement With Governor

California lawmakers said they reached an agreement with Governor Jerry Brown on welfare funding in the next fiscal year, clearing the way for approval of the most populous state’s budget.

The disagreement over welfare was the final sticking point preventing Brown from signing the state’s $92 billion budget for 2012-2013 approved June 15. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote next week on a package of bills that would finalize California’s second consecutive on-time budget.

The agreement between Brown and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature would limit welfare payments to two years, according to a Brown press release. It also would maintain $250 million in payments to cities, counties and school districts intended to compensate for the loss of redevelopment agencies, according to the release.

“This agreement strongly positions the state to withstand the economic challenges and uncertainties ahead,” Brown said in the statement. “We have restructured and downsized our prison system, moved government closer to the people, made billions in difficult cuts, and now the Legislature is poised to make even more difficult cuts and permanently reform welfare.”

Brown needs only Democratic legislators to approve the budget because the party holds a majority in both chambers of the Legislature. Voters in 2010 eliminated the requirement for two-thirds of lawmakers to approve budgets in favor of a simple majority.


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