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State Budget Should Be Finalized This Week

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced an agreement on actions the Legislature will consider this week to finalize the 2012-2013 state budget.

Brown was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

The conceptual agreement protects education, permanently reforms welfare and includes tough ongoing cuts. The Legislature will take final votes on the budget trailer bills in the coming days.

“This agreement strongly positions the state to withstand the economic challenges and uncertainties ahead,” said Governor Brown. “We have restructured and downsized our prison system, moved government closer to the people, made billions in difficult cuts and now the Legislature is poised to make even more difficult cuts and permanently reform welfare.”

“For the second straight year, California will benefit by having a budget in place before the end of the fiscal year,” said Steinberg. “As always, the negotiations were tough, but we move forward together with a state budget that’s structurally balanced, setting us on the path to putting this nagging deficit behind us.”

“We have worked cooperatively and productively with the Governor and our colleagues in the Senate to put forward a budget that reflects the commitment we made in January to eliminate the deficit, protect education and put California’s fiscal house in order by our Constitutional deadline,” said Speaker Pérez. “I am pleased the actions we will take in the coming days will see that important objective realized.”

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am.