Friday, June 1, 2012
Now that the California legislature has spent the week passing hundreds of bills, lawmakers are turning their attention back to the state budget.
Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg said he met with Governor Jerry Brown this week. They're trying to hash out the Governor's proposed eight billion dollars in cuts to health and welfare, college scholarships, state worker compensation and more.
Steinberg said he and the Governor agree on trying to find ongoing solutions to the state's 16 billion dollar deficit rather than one-time fixes.
"I feel like we're on a comparable page here in terms of our goal, how we get there I think revolves around reducing the most harmful of the cuts," said Steinberg.
Budget hearings continue next week. The real action in getting a budget passed by June 15th will be between the Governor and Democratic legislative leaders.
Since only a majority is needed to pass the budget, Republicans aren't part of the discussions.