California Set to Pass Budget, Close $9.6B Deficit

By DON THOMPSON | June 28, 2011 | 1:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown are set to achieve something rarely accomplished in California — getting a budget signed into law by the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

Both houses of the Legislature have scheduled late afternoon sessions Tuesday to vote on a Democratic budget that can be passed with a simple majority vote. That means no Republican support is needed.

Democratic lawmakers and the governor crafted the plan after Brown vetoed a budget approved on the Legislature's constitutional deadline, June 15. The state controller determined that plan was not balanced and used the provisions of a recent ballot initiative to halt lawmakers' pay.

This plan relies on spending cuts, a projected $4 billion rise in tax revenue and fee increases to close a $9.6 billion deficit.