Budget Deal

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 26, 2006

The deal signals the end of an impasse over several issues, including healthcare for the children of undocumented immigrants.  The Governor had proposed funding county programs which provided such services in his May revised budget, but Republicans were against funding services for illegal immigrants.  Lawmakers say it was stripped from the final deal.   

The plan also includes nearly three billion in debt re-payment – some of that prop 42 transportation money.  Leaders on both sides – including the Governor - have praised the budget.  Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez says it’s a good compromise:

“This is a good balance  between the needs of Republicans and Democrats – and it does right for all Californians.”

The deal also puts two billion dollars into the state reserve, and includes more money for education and foster care.