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Democrats Propose More Spending For Schools And New Taxes On Wealthy

Sacramento, Ca — Democrats in the state Assembly want to give an additional $3.1 billion to schools and pay for it with an income tax hike on the state´s wealthiest earners.

The proposal puts Democrats at odds with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has been locked in a fight with educators since January over the amount of money due schools.

The governor also has vowed to balance the state´s budget without raising taxes.

Schwarzenegger has proposed an increase of $3 billion in school funding over last year.

But the state´s powerful education lobby claims public schools are owed an additional $3.1 billion that the governor promised to give them as part of an earlier budget agreement.

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez says Democrats will honor that pledge.