Governor to sign budget in Southern California

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Governor Jerry Brown will join Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg Friday in San Diego to sign the 2014-15 state budget.

The legislature voted on the bill hours before the deadline Sunday. It pays down debt, deals with the teachers' pension system and builds a Rainy Day Fund.

Gov. Brown scored a big win for the $68 billion high-speed rail project this week by persuading fellow Democrats to dedicate a steady future funding source for it in the state budget.

That means work could start on new parts of the project, such as a segment connecting northern Los Angeles County to Burbank.

Moving swiftly to beat the midnight deadline, the state Legislature on Sunday approved California's $108 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year.
The legislation, SB852, passed 55-24 in the Assembly and 25-11 in the Senate, mostly along partisan lines.

Governor Brown will travel to Los Angeles Friday where he will join members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus for a community celebration in recognition of legislation signed last year to help workers and immigrants in California.

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