SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Democrats in the state Legislature have held committee hearings on the California budget Thursday, a day before the constitutional deadline to approve it, despite ongoing disagreements with Gov. Jerry Brown. Republican lawmakers, whose votes are not needed to approve the budget, boycotted a Senate Budget Committee hearing, complaining that negotiations were being held in secret and they had not been given any time to review the budget bills, most of which were published online Thursday morning. Democrats passed the main budget bills out of committee without GOP votes Thursday. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says the Legislature on Friday plans to take up bills with which the governor agrees, but put off voting on the more controversial parts. Lawmakers are at odds with the Democratic governor over about $1.2 billion in cuts to CalWORKS, the state’s welfare-to-work program, child care, in-home support and college aid. Steinberg says Brown has not commented on the Democrats’ latest version of the budget.
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