SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers are taking up a $117.5 billion spending plan that sends even more money to public schools and adopts a new tax credit for the working poor.
The Legislature scheduled a budget vote Monday. However, negotiations will continue because Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t signed off on that plan.
The Democratic governor remains concerned about using higher revenue assumptions to boost social programs for the poor.
Legislative leaders largely adhered to Brown’s proposal to set aside money in the state’s rainy day fund, pay down debt and boost schools.
But Democrats are hoping to get his blessing to spend $749 million more next year to boost child care, health care and welfare.
They are also offering greater support for the University of California and California State University systems.