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Democrats Look To Boost Child Care, Higher Education

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

As Gov. Jerry Brown puts the finishing touches on his updated California budget proposal due out next week, legislative Democrats are laying out their priorities.

Speaker Toni Atkins says Assembly Democrats want to invest in child care, higher education, and a state earned income tax credit to reduce poverty.

“We know we’re not gonna get everything we want,” Atkins told reporters during a budget briefing Tuesday. “We all have priorities we care about. And all of these areas have suffered cuts over the last decade.”

In the Senate, Democrats agree about child care and the UC and CSU systems. They’ll also prioritize money to combat climate change and provide health care for undocumented immigrants.

Legislative Democrats believe they’ll have a billion dollars available for new spending. That’s on top of billions more set aside for schools and community colleges.

We’ll learn how much extra money Governor Brown projects is available – and how he’d like to spend it – in his updated budget proposal next week.