- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers passed a $115.4 billion compromise budget Friday that sends billions more to public schools and increases spending on health care and social services.

The revised budget now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to approve it.

Here are key things to know about the spending plan:

WHAT’S IN THE BUDGET:

The budget that takes effect July 1 allocates billions more for schools - from kindergarten through community colleges - and channels additional money to schools with high levels of poor children and English-language learners.

Public colleges and universities also will get more support.

The budget adds thousands of state-subsidized child care and preschool slots while increasing pay for teachers and caretakers in those programs; establishes an earned income tax credit to help up to 2 million working Californians; and adopts an amnesty program for residents who can’t afford to pay off spiraling court fines and traffic penalties.

There is also $40 million to begin extending subsidized health coverage to children from poor families in the country illegally.

WHAT’S NOT IN:

The spending plan leaves in place a cap on welfare payments for low-income women who have more children. It also lacks extra support the Legislature had approved for transportation, job coaching and housing for people with autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Lawmakers promised to pursue more funding for programs that aid developmentally disabled people later this summer.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The Legislature will hold two special sessions to address how California pays for roads, highways and other infrastructure, as well as Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for the poor.

The administration estimates there is a $5.7 billion annual backlog in road repairs, which lawmakers have proposed to fill by increasing fees on gasoline, licenses and vehicle registration and redirecting other state money.

Brown wants financial fixes to Medi-Cal, which covers more than 12 million Californians, or nearly one-third of the state population.

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