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California Democrats Focus In On Financial Recovery

Democrats remain firmly in control of the California Legislature and party leaders say the economy will be a top priority this year.

Democratic leaders are pushing a message of restoring the state’s economy by creating a rainy day fund and paying down debt. However, projects like the high speed rail and the Delta water tunnel plan could put pressure on the budget.

Democrats hold a super majority in the legislature, but Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett said the party will continue to act responsibly.

“We’re going to spend where we need to spend to foster growth in this economy. It’s up to us, in a way, to continue to grow ourselves out of the recession. And, like I said, we still have a ways to go, so I think we will be very responsible," said Corbett

The party will also be facing a change in leadership in the coming months, as both the Assembly Speaker and Senate President are being termed out with speculation already begun over who will replace them.

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