Democrats unveil new budget plan

June 27, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders in the Legislature have reached agreement on a budget for the fiscal year that begins Friday.

After failing to agree with Republicans on a plan to ask voters to extend temporary taxes that expire this week, Democrats decided to raise revenue projections for the coming year, based in part on tax collections that have exceeded expectations since January.

If that optimistic scenario does not come to pass during the next nine months, they said, deeper cuts in university budgets and kindergarten-through-community college education will be triggered next spring.

The legislative leaders said they plan to put the budget to a vote Tuesday.

It is expected to pass, probably the with the votes of Democrats alone, with Republicans opposed.

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