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California governor wants more spending for schools

Gov. Jerry Brown walks into a meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus to urge them to approve a transportation plan (Rich Pedroncelli)

California Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking more spending on schools and child care.

He announced Thursday a revised outlook for the budget year that starts July 1.

He cited a "modestly improved fiscal outlook" since January that will allow for $1.5 billion more in spending next year.

Most of that will go to K-12 education. He also is rolling back a plan to cut a half-billion dollars in child care support for low-income children.

The overall general fund spending plan is $124 billion, which Brown said "is considerably more constrained than in any year since 2012."

The release of Brown's budget plan kicks off a month of negotiations with the Legislature.

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