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Lawmakers air differences in budget debate in Capitol
Lawmakers air differences in budget debate in Capitol

Lawmakers began hashing out the final version of California's budget on Monday, and they were careful to downplay any disagreements over spending. After all, the debate is centered around just 2% of the general fund. Nonetheless, it was clear during the first hearing of the joint budget committee that significant differences remain between Democrats in the Senate and the Assembly. Leaders in both houses want to spend more than Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed, but they have different ideas for how to use the money. In general, legislative analysts said, senators have prioritized public healthcare, and Assembly members have focused on child care and other social services. For example,...

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