California lawmakers send Gov. Gavin Newsom a budget that ensures they get paid

As budget negotiations continue, California lawmakers on Monday sent Gov. Gavin Newsom an unfinished spending plan that will allow them to keep getting paid.

Monday’s budget vote was largely a formality. Lawmakers have to pass a budget by June 15 to continue receiving their salary, under a 2010 law approved by voters through a ballot initiative.

In the meantime, lawmakers and Newsom are working to hammer out a budget deal. Lawmakers and the governor have proposed competing proposals for how to balance a budget with an estimated $54 billion deficit caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Democratic legislators are angling to avoid roughly $14 billion in cuts Newsom proposed in May that would be triggered July 1 if Congress does not send states more financial assistance.

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