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Brown, lawmakers reach budget agreement

11:32 AM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Brown and lawmakers have reached a spending plan deal six days after legislators passed a $92 billion main budget bill including a projected $15.7 billion in cuts.

Unresolved were proposed cuts to California's welfare program CalWORKS and diversion of property taxes from counties.

A vote of the Legislature will take place next week.

Brown and legislative leaders said Thursday the plan protects education, permanently reforms welfare and includes tough ongoing cuts. The governor said the plan "positions the state to withstand the economic challenges and uncertainties ahead."

The whole package hinges on voters approving an initiative in November to raise taxes.

News10/KXTV and The Associated Press

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