The Latest: $139 Billion California Budget Sent To Governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The California Legislature has approved a $139 billion budget that uses California’s massive surplus to boost funding for homelessness, welfare, child care and universities. The spending plan sent to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday also socks billions into savings, filling the rainy day fund to the maximum allowed under the state constitution. Democrats say the budget offers significant help to people living in poverty. It boosts monthly grants under the CalWorks welfare program gives cities money for shelters, housing vouchers and other emergency aid for the homeless. Republicans praise the aggressive savings but say the budget includes too many long-term commitments the state can’t afford. Brown negotiated with budget with Democratic legislative leaders. He has until June 30 to sign it.

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