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Jun 13, 2014 5:08 AM by Associated Press

Governor, lawmakers face weekend budget deadline

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are working out the final details of a state budget that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence.

It also is expected to provide a modest boost to social and education programs, including preschool for low-income families.

Brown wants to dedicate much of California's budget surplus to a beefed-up rainy day fund and paying down state debts, but his fellow Democrats are pushing him to restore spending that was reduced during the recession.

Legislative votes on the main budget bill for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts July 1, are expected Sunday. That's the constitutional deadline for lawmakers to pass a balanced spending plan and avoid forfeiting their pay.

In May, Brown proposed a record $107.8 billion in general fund spending.

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