SACRAMENTO: California budget: "Brown, Democratic lawmakers divided on budget estimates"; also, "California budget: Democrats release dueling spending plans" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "Brown, Democratic lawmakers divided on budget estimates" - From the LAT:
Two weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal, Democratic lawmakers are pushing their own spending plans that include hundreds of millions of dollars more for child care, healthcare and the state's rainy-day fund. The fatter budgets outlined by Assembly and Senate leaders seize on alternative estimates from legislative analysts that the state will receive $3.2 billion more revenue than the Brown administration projects.
Revenue estimates have been a fault line between Brown and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature. In recent years, lawmakers have routinely urged the governor to use higher figures to allow for more spending to aid the poor.
Two separate budget plans were detailed in reports released Tuesday. The Senate Budget Committee approved one version Friday; its Assembly counterpart is scheduled to advance the other Wednesday. All three blueprints — the governor's, the Senate's and the Assembly's — must be distilled into a final budget by June 15.
Brown has said he would not accept more spending than he included in his latest budget proposal, which is a third larger than the first one he signed after taking office in 2011 ....................
* San Jose Mercury News: "California budget: Democrats release dueling spending plans"