Posted: Jun 15, 2012 7:19 AM by Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have scheduled a Friday budget vote on their plan to balance a $15.7 billion deficit as they run up against a constitutional deadline or risk losing pay.
With Gov. Jerry Brown refusing to sign off on their plan, Democratic leaders say they are working on two tracks to pass a budget and continue negotiations with the governor on welfare cuts.
Democrats are urging the governor to back off cuts to programs that assist the poor, but Brown maintains the cuts are needed to help bring the state back to fiscal balance.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says the two sides can bridge their differences.
Democrats plan to pass the main budget bill to keep their paychecks flowing. They say they will take up more contentious issues later.
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