California Lawmakers Cut Services, but Contentious Budget Issues are Still Unresolved

State lawmakers continued chopping at the state’s deficit Thursday, approving more cuts in government services as Gov. Jerry Brown pressured legislators to resolve the most contentious budget issues: taxes and a plan to abolish redevelopment agencies. While negotiators labored behind closed doors, lawmakers plowed ahead on a raft of cutbacks to close about half of California’s roughly $26-billion deficit. They slashed spending for libraries, universities and colleges, state parks, child care, and programs for the poor. A proposal to shift tens of thousands of inmates from state prisons to local jails was also approved. The most politically difficult actions, however, still lie ahead.

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