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California lawmakers agree to close $54.3 billion budget gap

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Jun 03, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic legislative leaders have reached an agreement on the state budget.

The plan would cover the state's estimated $54.3 billion shortfall while avoiding most of Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed budget cuts to public education and health care services.

The agreement is similar to a plan the state Senate released last week. That plan avoids the most painful cuts by delaying billions of dollars in spending into future years.

The agreement reached Wednesday includes more money for homeless services and universities.

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins says the plan ensures full funding for public schools.