California State Capitol in Sacramento.
By Jonathan Cooper, Associated Press
Jun. 15, 2016 – 1:24 AM ET
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a state budget that boosts funding for safety net programs while socking away billions of dollars to prepare for a recession.
The full Legislature will decide Wednesday whether to back a budget agreement reached last week by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, all Democrats.
Democrats have generally praised the budget as a significant investment in alleviating the harmful effects of poverty on children. Republicans warned that expanded long-term spending commitments will lead to deficits down the road.
The budget is estimated at $122.5 billion. It would raise vehicle registration fees from $70 to $80 per year, generating about $400 million annually for several state agencies.