California is swimming in nearly $16 billion of red ink. On Friday, Sacramento lawmakers passed a version of the governor's plan to erase that deficit. The senate voted 23 to 16 and the assembly, 50-25.
Both houses were facing a ticking clock. They had until midnight to finalize a deal. If they hadn't there would have been a little less in the paycheck this month, but that's not the case.
Many people expected it to pass in the Democrat controlled legislature. Democrats are calling the plan, "hopeful" and republicans say its full of "gimmicks". Under Brown's plan there are cuts to Calworks, cuts to child care assistance, in-home supportive services, and Cal-grants.
Lawmakers want to scale down those cuts while dipping into the reserve by half a billion dollars.