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State lawmakers set to approve budget with increased spending

State lawmakers set to approve budget with increased spending

The Legislature is expected to approve a budget Monday that bets on California's economy to continue growing and sets the stage for higher state spending in coming years. The plan, which is not supported by Gov. Jerry Brown, includes $749 million more in discretionary spending than the governor has proposed. And because some of the increases would be phased in over time, those additional costs in future years would be $1.2 billion or more. For example, a boost in payments to disabled residents would start halfway through the fiscal year and cost $66 million in the next budget. The full cost of the proposal, however, would be $132 million annually. "You're putting the...

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