California Leaders Say Budget Deal Is Imminent

     SACRAMENTO (CN) – The leaders of California and its assembly and senate said they have reached an agreement on legislative actions that will finalize the state’s annual budget next week.



     The agreement will protect education, reform welfare, and include ongoing cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday. In the next few days, state lawmakers will take final votes on budget bills.
     “This agreement strongly positions the state to withstand the economic challenges and uncertainties ahead,” Brown said in a statement.
     “We have restructured and downsized our prison system, moved government closer to the people, made billions in difficult cuts and now the Legislature is poised to make even more difficult cuts and permanently reform welfare.”
     Darrell Steinberg, the president pro tempore of the California Senate, said negotiations were tough.
     “But we move forward together with a state budget that’s structurally balanced, setting us on the path to putting this nagging deficit behind us,” Steinberg said in a statement.
     Assembly Speaker John Perez also agreed on the deal.

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