SACRAMENTO — After months of public hearings and backroom negotiations, the state budget will be up for a vote in the Legislature on Friday.
Debate over the budget and several related bills is expected to last all day and could spill over into Saturday, which is the deadline for the Legislature to approve a new spending plan. Brown will have until the end of the month to sign it into law.
The budget includes much of what Brown wanted, especially a wide-ranging plan to redistribute education money to help needier school districts. The new formula will send more funding to districts where more than 55% of the students are poor are English learners.
Brown also convinced lawmakers to use his more conservative revenue estimates, which were $3.2 billion smaller than projections from the nonpartisan legislative analyst.
However, he shifted parts of his original budget blueprint to accommodate some new funding pushed by Senate leader
Brown's plans for higher education didn't make the cut for this year's budget. The governor wanted to tie some money for universities to requirements for improvements in areas like graduation rates and the number of low-income students enrolled.
But key lawmakers joined with officials at the University of California and California State University to oppose the proposal. A spokesman for Brown's Department of Finance said he will revisit the topic later this year.