State Senate Balks at Proposed Budget Cuts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The California Senate’s plan to cover a projected budget deficit rejects Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed cuts to public education and health care programs. Newsom’s plan would cut funding for public schools by about $8 billion. The Senate’s plan would restore $2.7 billion of those cuts. The rest would be deferred to future years. It means school districts can go ahead and spend the money and the state will pay them later. It’s one of many contentious issues the governor and legislative leaders must negotiate as they head toward a June 15 deadline to pass an operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1