Senate Democrats will offer a new budget compromise that would increase the sales tax, trim nearly $1.6 billion from higher education and ask state employees to go without raises.
The spending plan is the third to come up for a vote so far this year. But it is not expected to gain necessary Republican support for passage because it includes higher taxes.
Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson wants to take his cause to the people. Democratic Assembly members will be fanning out across the state today and tomorrow to lobby local officials and community leaders to support tax increases.