As expected, both houses approved a 2012-13 budget bill today, along with several “trailer bills” to implement the spending plan. The votes were partisan on AB 1464, with three Democrats and all Republicans dissenting. The education trailer bill was not brought up today, and the language is not yet available.
Democrats and the governor are still not in agreement, as the governor reportedly wants $250 million more in savings and stronger limits on CalWORKs, the state’s welfare-to-work program. It is unclear if the governor will veto the budget, as he did last year, or whether he will just ask for additional bills to be passed. Regardless, the Legislature has now met its Proposition 25 mandate, and lawmakers will continue earning their salary and per diem payments.