Despite late lobbying from an aerospace industry rival, lawmakers approved expedited legislation Thursday designed to give the state the upper hand in landing subcontracts for a new strategic bomber project.

A three-year fight for funding, launched by members of a grass-roots campaign committee known as Save Our Bridge, ended June 20 when Gov. Jerry Brown approved $1.3 million for the bridge’s restoration in the state’s final budget.

The state budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday came as one of the earliest and rancor-free in recent history.

Gov. Jerry Brown, California lawmakers and other elected officials will be getting a 2 percent raise this year.

California lawmakers passed the state's main budget bill Sunday, less than six hours before the constitutional deadline. The vote comes after Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders last week reached a compromise on a $156.4 billion budget package for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

California lawmakers approved a $156.4 billion state budget Sunday, rushing to pass legislation less than six hours before the constitutional deadline.

California’s budget agreement would make it easier for undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses, lift a lifetime ban on public assistance for people convicted of felony drug offenses, and impose a fee on “safe and sane” fireworks, according to parts of the legislation that began emerging Friday.

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made it clear Friday that they have reached an agreement on a new state budget.

California will add thousands of additional transitional kindergarten and child care slots for young children, according to a budget deal taking shape at the Capitol, while falling short of a broader program expansion Democratic lawmakers originally proposed.

With less than a week before the constitutional deadline to pass a budget, the Democrats in control at the California Capitol are at odds on the big questions: how much money the state will take in, how it should be spent, and how major programs should be structured.

Running several hundred dollars per semester, new charges have cropped up at more than half of the campuses in the California State University system in recent years to generate revenue for initiatives that improve student success and completion rates. The millions in additional funds have paid for hiring faculty, adding course sections and technology upgrades. They have also inspired a wave of controversy.

When Gov. Jerry Brown was asked last week about the reliability of his revenue estimates, which came in higher than he initially projected, Brown responded that while revenue may be outperforming expectations, costs are higher than expected, too.

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst Friday estimated that state general fund revenue through next June will be $2.5 billion higher than what Gov. Jerry Brown predicted in his revised spending plan earlier this week.

Gov. Jerry Brown, moving to blunt calls for increased spending ahead of budget talks this spring, warned Tuesday that the state faces $1.2 billion in unanticipated costs from California’s vastly expanding roll of Medi-Cal recipients.

An agreement between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on a rainy-day fund Thursday came uncharacteristically early in the state’s annual budget-making process, with none of the public rancor that seemed likely only recently.

Gov. Jerry Brown urged members of the Assembly’s budget panel Monday to support his plan for a new rainy-day reserve before voters in November, with a floor vote on the proposal possible as early as mid-May.

Proposition 13 may be the third rail of California politics, but state voters appear to have some appetite for making changes to the tax-limiting measure, according to a new Field Poll.

Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans.

As the California economy continued its recovery and state revenue grew last year, the Assembly awarded about $1.2 million in raises to a quarter of its full-time employees, including some of its highest-paid staffers, salary records show.

California faces a “civil rights crisis” because of years of funding reductions for the judicial branch, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Monday afternoon during her third State of the Judiciary Address.

Authorities running California’s prison system have overstated how much money they need next year to cover staff overtime, according to a new report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst.

California’s workplace safety department is starved for inspectors even as it sits on tens of millions of dollars in cash, according to a complaint that will be filed Tuesday against the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

California’s longest-ever state budget impasse ended in early October 2010, when then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders announced a deal that included the creation of a rainy-day reserve.

California’s pot of school bond money may be empty, but school and community college districts have more than $37 billion in authorized – but unspent – school-construction bonds, according to a report by the state’s debt commission.

Positioning himself in his State of the State address for a likely re-election bid this year, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday heralded a California “comeback” marked by budget surpluses and an improving economy.

California’s Democratic governor wants to convert some jobs now contracted out to private firms into civil service jobs, reviving the debate over whether government or the private sector does the work more efficiently.

The Sacramento Bee's state budget reporter, David Siders, took reader questions about Jerry Brown's budget proposal this week in an online chat. Here are some excerpts from the discussion:

The California Board of Education approved emergency rules Thursday for a historic overhaul of school spending designed to direct money to the state’s neediest students.

University of California president Janet Napolitano on Wednesday called Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget outline a “good starting point” for higher education funding in California.

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Monday that Gov. Jerry Brown’s new spending plan “would place California on an even stronger fiscal footing,” broadly praising the budget plan in the office’s initial review.

The Sacramento Bee's state budget expert, reporter David Siders, earlier Monday took reader questions about Jerry Brown's budget proposal in this live chat. Read what insights were shared.

Liberal activists were already criticizing Gov. Jerry Brown’s new spending plan when he got up to deliver it Thursday. A leak had revealed its contents early, rendering Brown’s presentation more a defense than an unveiling.

California’s state workforce will grow oh-so-slightly in the coming fiscal year, according to projections in the 2014-15 budget released by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, while total salary costs will grow an estimated 1.5 percent.

Bracing against calls for more spending after years of recession-era cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown today will propose modest increases for social services next fiscal year, with billions of dollars in surplus revenue going to reduce state debt.

Although millions of dollars in state employee pay raises ride on estimates of government revenue in 2014-15, Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal Friday won’t give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on across-the-board compensation hikes.

California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to propose spending millions of dollars in fees paid by carbon producers to aid the state’s controversial high-speed rail project.

Assembly Democrats presented a 2014 budget agenda Wednesday that calls for using billions in projected new revenue to pay down debt and build an $8 billion reserve by 2017, while also proposing spending increases for California schools, hospitals and other programs.

In its most optimistic budget forecast in more than a decade, the Legislature’s fiscal analyst said Wednesday that California is poised for years of multibillion-dollar surpluses.

One day after the Legislature’s fiscal analyst projected years of multibillion-dollar budget surpluses, California Gov. Jerry Brown urged caution Thursday, calling on the Legislature to bolster reserves.

California lawmakers are getting their first pay raise in six years next month, and unlike previous increases, only a handful are turning down the larger paycheck.

California Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and a colleague have asked for a committee hearing to examine the state’s efforts to detect food stamp fraud.

One way of measuring state spending is by looking at its relationship to the overall economy. Over the years, general fund spending has ranged from just under 6 percent to over 7 percent.

A look at the areas of the state budget that grew the most.

Bee Columnist Dan Walters walks you through some mileposts on the road to this year's state budget stalemate.

Data on the state's general fund growth.

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