Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, is shown at left with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, during a 2015 news conference. Leno and other Democratic legislators want to raise spending on health and welfare services while Gov. Jerry Brown calls for building reserves.
Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, is shown at left with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, during a 2015 news conference. Leno and other Democratic legislators want to raise spending on health and welfare services while Gov. Jerry Brown calls for building reserves. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, is shown at left with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, during a 2015 news conference. Leno and other Democratic legislators want to raise spending on health and welfare services while Gov. Jerry Brown calls for building reserves. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
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Dan Walters: Big budget issue for California is whether to save or spend money

January 24, 2016 9:02 AM

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Dan Walters' column appears in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at dwalters@sacbee.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee