California Assembly slams governor’s proposed budget cuts

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ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Assembly slammed Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal on Tuesday, criticizing his proposed cuts to public education, health care and environmental protections during a rare meeting that allowed them to question the administration directly. Few state lawmakers used their platform to offer an alternative plan, as the administration faces the challenge of cutting a staggering $54.3 billion from the state budget that pays for services for nearly 40 million people. California's Democratic-controlled Legislature is hurrying to approve a spending plan by June 15 because, if they don't, the state Constitution requires them to give up their salaries. Lawmakers normally have months to examine the governor's proposal while carefully c
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