POLITICS | California Assembly Passes Budget That Depends on Federal Aid


California’s Assembly passed a $143 billion general-fund budget for the next fiscal year that counts on federal aid before triggering spending cuts, a rejection of Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to slash services ahead of more aid from Washington.

The bill was approved 61 to 13. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the legislature Monday afternoon. Both chambers are controlled by Democrats.

State lawmakers are required by a constitutional amendment to pass a budget by June 15 or forfeit their pay. The bill they approved Monday is a placeholder of sorts for the fiscal year beginning July 1 as they’ve said they will continue to negotiate with Newsom and can make changes later in the summer. Newsom has veto power over spending.

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