The Latest: Governor Proposes $138 Billion California Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a $137.6 billion general fund budget for California as revenues continue to surge. Brown released his spending plan Friday, kicking off his last round of negotiations with Democratic legislative leaders. Brown’s latest budget is up nearly $6 billion from his earlier proposal in January. The Democratic governor wants to save most of the surplus to protect spending during a future recession. But he proposed $2 billion for infrastructure, including universities, courts, state facilities and flood control and $359 million for homelessness. He’s also still pushing for a new online community college to train working adults who don’t have the time and flexibility for a traditional college program. Legislative Democrats and outside interest groups are pushing to boost funding for health care, higher education, welfare, child care and a wide variety of other initiatives.

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