- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Legislature on Monday approved a record $117.5 billion budget, but it’s not likely to be the state’s final spending plan. Legislative leaders have yet to reach an agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown, a fellow Democrat, and are continuing to negotiate with him over how much additional spending on social programs he’s willing to accept.

Here’s a look at what lawmakers passed to meet the June 15 constitutional deadline to keep getting paid:

EDUCATION

- Under a voter-approved education funding formula, state and local support for kindergarten through community college programs will rise from $60.9 billion in 2014-15 to $69.1 billion in 2015-16 under the Legislature’s plan. Brown had budgeted $68.4 billion in his plan.

The additional money would go to expand childcare and early education funding as well as fund implementation of the new Local Control Funding Formula that channels additional money for schools with high levels of low-income students and English-language learners.

In a sign of how much schools have benefited from the state’s recovery, the Brown administration said last month that the state has increased K-12 funding by more than $3,000 per student since 2011.

HIGHER EDUCATION

- The legislative deal calls for more money for the public colleges and universities beyond the 4 percent increases the governor proposed.

The University of California system would gain an extra $25 million a year over Brown’s proposal if the system agrees to enroll an additional 5,000 students. UC officials have said that amount of funding for those targets are unrealistic.

The California State University system would gain an additional $75 million a year above Brown’s proposal to enroll more community college transfer students and get more students to earn their bachelor’s degrees in four years.

NEW PROGRAMS

The Legislature’s budget assumes the state’s tax collections are higher than Brown predicted, providing an extra $749 million to spend from the state’s general fund.

Among some of the increased social spending:

- $261 million for more slots in state-subsidized childcare and preschool programs.

- $228 million to end recession-era cuts in payments to in-home caretakers for seniors and disabled people.

- $103 million to eliminate a maximum state welfare award meant to discourage low-income women from having additional children.

- $82 million to begin raising payments to doctors, dentists and providers in Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for the poor.

- $40 million to extend health coverage to children who are in the country illegally.

DEBT

- Lawmakers say their proposals for additional spending are balanced by sending more money to state reserves and paying down debt. The budget would set aside an additional $760 million to boost reserves to $5.7 billion. Another $760 million would go to reducing the state’s long-term liabilities.

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