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Governor, Legislature Agree On California Budget

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at UC San Diego, Oct. 27, 2015.
Associated Press
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at UC San Diego, Oct. 27, 2015.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a state budget that expands funding for subsidized child care and eliminates a controversial welfare policy that restricted cash assistance for more than 100,000 children.

Brown spokesman Evan Westrup says the agreement was reached on Thursday.

A key legislative budget panel quickly scheduled an evening meeting to approve it, setting up votes in the full Assembly and Senate next week.


The agreement includes $400 million for housing construction to help people with low income. But it's contingent on lawmakers approving a controversial proposal by Brown to speed up development in some neighborhoods.

Legislative leaders agreed to Brown's demand to save $2 billion more than required, boosting the state's reserve fund in case of a recession.