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They're Back! Calif. Legislature Reconvenes Monday

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown has made it clear that the budget he’ll propose this coming Friday will focus on building a reserve and paying down debt.  His fellow Democrats in the legislature say they agree with those goals, but they also want to restore some of the deep spending cuts from previous years.

“Look, everybody thought, you know, when we got these supermajorities – oh, they’re gonna – watch ’em, they’re gonna overreach," Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg told reporters in mid-December. "We didn’t – and we won’t. But we’re also not gonna under-reach.  We’re gonna find that balance and we’re gonna make smart investments while putting money away and paying down debt,” 

Democrats begin the new year with two-thirds supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature.  That’s enough to raise taxes and override gubernatorial vetoes.

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