Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a $96 billion spending plan, five days ahead of the deadline to pass a state budget. Many Democrats had hoped this year’s budget surplus would mean major restorations in services for the poor — but they ultimately agreed to the governor’s more conservative budget projections. The budget uses a controversial new formula to allocate education funding, steering more money to districts where over half of students are poor or learning English. The budget plan also partially restores mental health services and adult dental care for the poor.
Darrell Steinberg, California State Senate president pro Tem (D-Sacramento)
H.D. Palmer, deputy director, external affairs for the California Department of Finance
Bob Huff, California State Senate minority leader (R-29th District)
Scott Detrow, Sacramento bureau chief for KQED Public Radio