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Breaking down the California budget vote with Christopher Megerian

June 15, 2012 | 10:30 am

Times reporter Christopher Megerian talked to readers this morning about the upcoming vote on the state budget.

Lawmakers plan to vote Friday on a new state budget, even though negotiations have not produced a final deal with Gov. Jerry Brown.

The budget, which is being pushed through the Legislature by Democrats without any Republican support, includes more spending on social services than Brown wanted. Democratic lawmakers also disagree with the governor on how to spend about $250 million in property tax revenue that once funded redevelopment agencies.

However, passing a budget Friday will allow lawmakers to hit their deadline and continue receiving a paycheck. A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2010 strips lawmakers of their pay if a budget isn't approved by June 15.

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