FY18 Budget Approved In California Legislature


California has figured out how it's going to spend its $125 billion budget for the 2018 fiscal year. 

Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon says the budget will help keep the economy growing. 

"It's balanced. It's on time. It protects our state's fiscal stability, while still making historic investments in education and our state infrastructure." 

Money has been set aside for savings, but that's not good enough for Republicans in the state legislature. The budget expands for K-12 students by raising per pupil spending to over $11,000, as well as encouraging graduation from higher education. About $3 billion of the budget is dedicated to mass transit, roads, and bridges. 

The budget was passed last week by the legislature along mostly party lines in the Assembly and Senate - only a few Republicans supported the budget. 

Governor Brown praised the budget, calling it "balanced and progressive." 

The budget must be approved by Brown by the end of the month before the new fiscal year begins on July 1st.


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