CA Democratic Leaders say Lawmakers will Vote on a Budget by Friday’s Deadline

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s Democratic leaders say the Legislature will vote on a budget plan in time to meet Friday’s constitutional deadline, even as talks continue with the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Speaker John Perez of Los Angeles and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento say they have come up with a plan that meets the Democratic governor’s criteria for a structurally balanced budget, but makes smaller cuts to welfare programs than the governor proposed. Brown and lawmakers continued to negotiate Wednesday over how to close the state’s $15.7 billion shortfall. Perez suggested the differences between their plan and Brown’s are small, saying lawmakers are “not only on the same page, we’re in the same paragraph.” Democrats are refusing to make deeper cuts to programs for the poor.

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