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Affordable housing, child care are top priorities in new state budget agreement




California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference about the state budget on May 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference about the state budget on May 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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More money in the California state budget will be headed to child care and affordable housing after lawmakers reached an agreement with Governor Jerry Brown yesterday.

The new budget allocates $400 million for affordable housing, provided that legislators dial back regulations on homebuilders to streamline the building process. It also sets aside expanded funding for early learning programs and raises the amount that state-subsidized child care providers get in order to keep up with the state’s increasing minimum wage.

The new budget will still have to be voted on by the State Assembly and Senate, and it’s unclear when that might happen. California begins its new fiscal year on July 1.

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Chris Megerian, Sacramento-based reporter for the L.A. Times; he tweets @ChrisMegerian