The budget provision, known as an earned income tax credit, would help more than 825,000 families in California. The size of the credit would be based on a sliding scale, determined by income and the number of children in a family, and no one earning more than $13,870 a year would qualify.
“It’s really good news for Californians, particularly families that are living on the margins where this is going to make a significant difference in their lives,’’ said Assembly Speaker
In the past, Brown has faced criticism from some Democrats -- and his GOP challenger in the 2014 gubernatorial election -- for not doing enough to help those Californians most in need.
"Child care and higher education are important investments to fortify the future of California's economy. We can and will do more to ensure our budget reflects these priorities," De Leon said in a statement Thursday.
Senate GOP leader
"Devil's always in the details but we believe that's a better approach to poverty than raising the minimum wage, because when you do that you start suppressing job creation,'' Huff said.
The GOP leader, however, said the governor's revised $169-billion state budget proposal, released Thursday, should have included more funding for transportation, since those projects benefit all Californians. Huff added that the additional $2.2 billion that Brown set aside for drought relief and water projects also was a "good start," but said it's unclear if that will be enough if the four-year drought continues.
Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore, vice-chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, said she was happy to see California's public schools benefit from an influx of additional state revenue triggered by the state's rebounding economy. Still, she said, she wants to ensure that the money is spent wisely.