Sacramento, CA — The state Senate has approved California´s $117.5 billion budget, sending the spending plan to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The budget was approved 64-to-13 in the Assembly and 34-to-four in the Senate. It was a show of support far greater than the two-thirds vote required for passage in both houses.
The governor is expected to sign the spending plan early next week. It would mark the earliest date California has approved a state budget in five years.
Approval in both houses of the Legislature comes just two days after Schwarzenegger and the legislative leaders from both major parties announced a compromise negotiated over the Fourth of July weekend. Last year´s budget wasn´t passed until July 29th.