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L.A. Now Live: Discuss the California budget deal, welfare changes

June 22, 2012 |  6:00 am

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announce Thursday that they had reached an agreement to reduce California's welfare rolls and cut social service funding, a deal that enables them to enact a state budget on time.

The Times' Sacramento political reporter Chris Megerian will join City Editor Shelby Grad to discuss some of the terms of the agreement -- as well as what it means for Brown's efforts to persuade voters to authorize tax hikes in November.

The chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

The deal, which irons out differences between Brown and his party on welfare cuts, calls for stricter work requirements and tighter time limits for welfare recipients, as Brown wanted. But monthly checks would not be reduced, and there could be exemptions made for those close to finishing job training programs.