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VIDEO: Dan Walters says the California budget is larger than it appears.

On the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget release, Finance Director Ana J. Matosantos will be breaking down the numbers at a luncheon forum sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce.

The Bee's Kevin Yamamura, who will be at said luncheon, reported in this post that Brown's proposal includes an additional $2.7 billion in spending on K-12 and community colleges, an education boost promised in the successful campaign for Proposition 30, as well as slight increases in spending on Medi-Cal and higher education.

State workers also stand to get more money, although the total size of the workforce seems likely to remain the same. Jon Ortiz has details in today's Bee in a story that also looks ahead to future contract talks.

The budget got a generally positive review from both sides of the aisle, with Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento lauding Brown for increasing education funding but keeping overall spending under control.

Meanwhile, freshman member of Congress Ami Bera will be holding his first constituent event, a noon "Congress on your Corner" meet and greet at the Citrus Heights Community Center. Bera won his seat in the newly drawn 7th Congressional District from Republican Rep. Dan Lungren, whom the Democrat unsuccessfully tried to unseat in 2010.

Happy early birthday to Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, who will be 52 53 on Saturday. (Capitol Alert regrets the error.)



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