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USCalifornia lawmakers poised to approve $214.8 billion budget

08:46  13 june  2019
08:46  13 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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(AP) — California lawmakers were poised Thursday to approve a framework for a $ 214 . 8 billion operating budget , the first step in a spending package that seeks to address the teacher shortage, expand health care to some adults living in the country illegally and bolster the state's top firefighting

SACRAMENTO (AP) – California lawmakers on Thursday approved a $ 214 . 8 billion state budget that would spend more on health care and education, bolster the state’s top firefighting agency following devastating wildfire seasons, and boost state reserves. The spending plan was passed with separate

California lawmakers poised to approve $214.8 billion budget© AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli A man leaves the office building attached to the state Capitol, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Lawmakers approved a $755 million plan Thursday to raze and rebuild the statehouse annex, the building attached to the Capitol that houses most legislative offices. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers are poised to approve a framework for a $214.8 billion operating budget on Thursday, the first step in a spending package that seeks to address the teacher shortage, expand health care to some adults living in the country illegally and bolster the state's top firefighting agency following the most devastating wildfire season in state history.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A $ 214 . 8 billion budget approved Thursday by California lawmakers would upgrade the state’s aging 911 system following the most devastating wildfire season in state history and help middle class families pay their monthly health insurance premiums.

(AP) — A $ 214 . 8 billion budget approved Thursday by California lawmakers would upgrade the state’s aging 911 system following the most Lawmakers must still pass more than a dozen other bills to implement the budget . The trailer bills could contain important details, such as how to implement

State law requires lawmakers to pass the framework by midnight Saturday. If they don't, they don't get paid. Lawmakers reached an agreement on Sunday night and scheduled a vote for Thursday, days ahead of the deadline.

"I do think it's a good budget," said state Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. "In every budget there is good and there is could be better."

The massive bill, totaling more than 900 pages, directs tax dollars in the state's most populous state. But lawmakers must still pass more than a dozen other bills to implement the budget. These "trailer bills" could contain important details, including implementing a monthly fee on cellphone bills to pay for upgrades to the 911 system.

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A $ 214 . 8 billion budget approved Thursday by California lawmakers would upgrade the state’s aging 911 system following the most devastating wildfire season in state history and help middle class families pay their monthly health insurance premiums. To fund those changes, however, lawmakers want to

California lawmakers passed a $ 214 . 8 billion budget deal Thursday, with new spending on schools, homelessness and health care for undocumented immigrants. The budget relies on a surplus to add billions to the state’s reserves funds, which will bring the state’s total so-called rainy day fund to

The spending plan is the first under Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has positioned himself as resistor-in-chief to Republican President Donald Trump's administration.

The Trump administration has sought to weaken former President Barack Obama's health care law by eliminating a tax on people who refuse to purchase private health insurance. The budget under Newsom would bring that tax back, using part of the money to make California the first state in the country to help middle class families pay a portion of their monthly health insurance premiums.

While the Trump administration continues to crack down on illegal immigration, the budget lawmakers are set to vote on Thursday would make California the first state to give some adults living in the country illegally government-funded health insurance.

Health care for people living in the country illegally is part of Democrats' plan to eventually get everyone in California to have health insurance. But the policy has angered Republican lawmakers, who argue it's not fair to tax people in the country legally for not buying health insurance while making people living in the country illegally eligible for taxpayer-funded health insurance.

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The California Assembly on Thursday approved a $ 214 . 8 billion state budget that would spend more on health care and education The Senate was expected to approve the budget later Thursday and send it to Gov. But lawmakers must still pass more than a dozen other bills to implement the budget .

Under the $ 214 . 8 billion spending plan, the state inched closer to universal health coverage The Legislature approved supplemental payments of billion to the California Public Employees’ Lawmakers are poised to triple the program from 0 million to .2 billion to provide a ,000

"I just don't get the prioritization," said Republican state Sen. John Moorlach of Costa Mesa, who noted he legally immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands in 1960.

The budget includes increases in public education, bringing the state spending to $12,018 for every student in K-12 public schools. It would give students studying to be teachers grants of up to $20,000 if they promise to teach subject matters impacted by the teacher shortage, including science, technology, math and engineering.

And following the states deadliest wildfire season in history, the spending plan includes $40.3 million for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to buy 13 new fire engines and hire 131 people to operate them. It also includes $13.1 million to accept seven used C-130 air tankers from the federal government. The air tankers are free, but the state must pay to maintain and operate them.

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