Wednesday, June 29, 2011

California lawmakers pass budget deal -

California lawmakers pass budget deal -

The deal, brokered by the governor and Democratic leaders over Republican objections, calls for massive cuts: $5 billion to health and human services, $1 billion to the corrections department, $650 million to the University of California system, another $650 million to the California State University system and hundreds of millions to the court system, officials said.

Brown warned it contains "tough decisions," but said "we have a very good plan for the budget."

The proposal also assumes $4 billion in additional revenue from a rebounding economy. That estimate is based on the state seeing that amount of additional revenue in the fiscal year ending this month, Brown said.

But if the recession-stressed economy falters and those revenues don't materialize over the next year, additional cuts will be enforced -- including eliminating a week from the school year and cutting the state funding for local school busing programs, according to Alicia Trost, press secretary for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

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