Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes funding for college aid, child care, parks
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Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed $129 million from the state budget passed by Democratic lawmakers before signing the spending plan into law late Wednesday night.
Among the cuts were a $22.6-million reduction in state financial aid for college students and a $20-million hit for state child-care programs.
Divisions on those two issues were among the final sticking points in budget talks between Brown and Democratic legislative leaders.
Brown also cut funding for state parks by $31 million and slashed nearly $30 million from preschool programs. While lauding such programs, the governor cited the need to balance the state’s books.
The budget closes the state’s $15.7-billion deficit and depends on voters approving more than $8 billion in temporary tax hikes at the ballot box in November. Without a higher sales tax and increased levies on the wealthy, the governor says, the state will cut billions of dollars from public schools.
A full list of the governor’s vetoes can be found here. Check PolitiCal for more analysis throughout the day.
-- Michael J. Mishak and Anthony York in Sacramento