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As key deadlines approach, Newsom and California lawmakers have dozens of deals to make – Daily News

Lawmakers on the first day of the session, Jan. 3, 2024, on the Assembly floor of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Lawmakers are introducing a bill that would ensure that the property they own and other personal information is not made public annually on the Internet. (Fred Greaves for CalMatters) (Martin do Nascimento/CalMatters via AP, Pool)

It’s time for the people in the California Capitol to play let’s-make-a-deal – or rather, lots of deals.

With barely two weeks to go until the June 15 constitutional deadline for approving a new state budget and less than a month before voting measures for the November elections must be finalized, dozens or even hundreds of individual issues must be resolved.

Most are contained in the heavily revised 2024-2025 budget that Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled earlier this month.

Newsom acknowledged that the budget had a significantly larger deficit than he declared in January and set aside his original strategy of using state reserves and paper maneuvers to avoid major cuts. The revised version reduces reliance on reserves and delivers billions of dollars in real savings.

Last week, Parliament’s budget analyst, Gabe Petek, gave the review a positive rating for its more realistic approach, even though he still has some disagreements with the government over revenue estimates and multi-year budget deficits.

“The May revision puts the state in a better fiscal position and makes substantial progress toward structural balance,” Petek’s office said in an analysis.

Petek was especially critical of Newsom’s approach to the largest budget item, financial aid for public schools, saying it would create problems in the years to come. The politically powerful California Teachers Association also hated it, airing video ads criticizing it as a major reduction in school support.

The union’s pressure campaign apparently worked as Politico reported Tuesday that Newsom struck a deal with CTA based on a promise to increase school aid by $5.5 billion in coming years.

So apparently that’s one deal done. But as Newsom negotiates with lawmakers on a budget to be passed by June 15 — which may not be the final version — he still faces demands from dozens of advocacy groups hit by cuts to repeal it.

Just one of many examples occurred Tuesday, when a coalition of health care and civil rights organizations called a news conference to denounce the elimination of home care services for 1,500 elderly or disabled undocumented immigrants in the revised budget, at 94.7 million dollars to save.

“It is unacceptable to balance the state budget on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable Californians,” the coalition stated. “Rather than eliminating programs that impact the state’s poorest residents, advocates will urge the Legislature to consider more progressive solutions to ensure California has the resources needed to provide for the most vulnerable Californians.”

Multiply that criticism by 100 or more and you have the kind of pressure being put on Newsom and a left-wing Legislature.

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