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California Democrats win safety net gains in state budget

California lawmakers approved a state budget Wednesday that gives liberal Democrats long-sought increases to safety net programs while socking away billions to prepare for a recession.

The $122.5 billion spending plan, negotiated by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders, earned a rebuke from Republicans, who said it sets the state on course for deficits and fails to provide money to fix California's crumbling roads.

The budget was approved nearly along party lines, with all Democrats and just one Senate Republican — Anthony Cannella of Ceres — in favor.

Democrats praised the budget as a significant investment in alleviating the...

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