With bipartisan cheers and jeers -- and few believing it's actually the end of this year's debate -- the Legislature has sent Gov. Jerry Brown a $167.6 billion budget that reflects private concessions to the governor's insistence on more-cautious economic projections.
The final votes, four days after sending Brown a more ambitious plan and three days after the announcement of a compromise, ensure a fiscal plan in place well before the beginning of the state's new fiscal year on July 1.
"The nature of compromise is that no one gets everything that he or she wants, and that's what's before us," said state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) in Friday's debate over the main amendments demanded by Brown.
In all, lawmakers said there were more than 100 changes to the 2015-16 budget approved by the Legislature on June 15. The most controversial were those that scale back or eliminate earlier spending decisions, a result of the Legislature abandoning tax revenue predictions that were $3.1 billion higher than estimates made by the governor.
While the more conservative revenue projections sparked a handful of Republican votes on parts of the budget in both houses, they also led to grumbling from some Democrats who were unhappy about the governor's refusal to increase funding for social service programs.