Posted: Jun 14, 2012 12:39 PM by Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrats in the state Legislature are preparing to take up their budget a day before the constitutional deadline to approve it, even though Gov. Jerry Brown does not yet support their plan for smaller welfare cuts.
Lawmakers are at odds with the Democratic governor over about $1.2 billion in cuts to welfare, child care, in-home support and college aid.
The Senate Budget Committee scheduled a hearing Thursday on their plan to close a $15.7 billion deficit. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, says lawmakers will take up bills the governor agrees on but put off the more controversial parts.
Republican lawmakers said the process was too secretive and said they would not cast votes.
Lawmakers risk losing pay if they do not approve a budget by Friday.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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