Democrats, advocates eye California's booming revenues

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 8, 2016 at 2:31 p.m.


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California Gov. Jerry Brown's state budget proposal (all times local):

Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal seems like it would be a win for California Democrats.

It pumps billions from the booming economy into public schools and universities, health care for the poor and public infrastructure.

Instead, Democratic legislative leaders and advocacy groups see what was left out.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego says there's a "laundry list" of remaining critical needs.

Union leaders said caregivers, seniors and people with disabilities were overlooked.

Brown's $122.6 billion general fund proposal starts a months-long tug-of-war over how much tax windfall should go to help the needy.

Spending hits a record high in the 2016-17 plan, but Brown preached fiscal prudence Thursday.

He wants California to put $3.5 billion in its rainy day fund — $2 billion above the legal requirement

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