California lawmakers pass budget, increasing spending by 9-percent

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State lawmakers say it will use California's massive surplus to boost funding for several programs to better our state. (KFSN)

The California legislature has approved a multi-billion dollar budget. State lawmakers say it will use California's massive surplus to boost funding for several programs to better our state.

Lawmakers said this $139-billion budget will not only boost programs but allows for money to be tucked away into savings filling the rainy day fund to the maximum allowed under the state constitution.

The spending plan sent to Governor Jerry Brown was approved with support mainly from Democrats. It boosts monthly grants under the CalWORKs Welfare Program, gives cities money for shelters, housing vouchers, and other emergency aid for the homeless.

Republicans praise the aggressive savings but said the budget includes too many long-term commitments the state can't afford.

Assemblymember Jay Obernolte, (R) of Big Bear, said, "We've increased state spending by over nine-percent compared with the previous year. This is by a substantial margin, the largest budget in California state history and that level of increase, which is over three times the rate of inflation, is clearly unsustainable."

The Senate President Toni Atkins, (D) of San Diego, said, "This is a solid budget. It's solid and it builds upon what we've already done. It doesn't go over here and do this and go over there and do that. It builds on what we've tried to do."

As part of the budget, Brown, and lawmakers agreed to allow victims of Joseph Deangelo, who was charged in the Golden State Killer case, to get a renewed chance to seek compensation. Normally victims have just three years to file but this would open up a new window for victims.

The Governor has until June 30th to sign the budget.
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