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Legislature approves new $117.5-billion budget as spending talks continue

Legislature approves new $117.5-billion budget as spending talks continue

California lawmakers passed a new budget Monday, but the debate over state spending is far from over in the Capitol. Shortly after the approval of a $117.5-billion general fund, legislative leaders returned to negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown in an attempt to reach a final deal. “We’re close,” said Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). Lawmakers’ pay would have been docked had they not passed a budget by midnight. But the plan they approved is $2.2 billion larger than what Brown proposed, and the governor has repeatedly expressed concern that the Legislature’s ruling Democrats want to spend too much. Based on higher revenue estimates than Brown...

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