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Capitol_repaint.JPGLegislators are usually back in their districts on a Friday, but with Gov. Jerry Brown presenting his revised budget proposal this week, there's enough to discuss to keep some of them in town today. The Assembly Budget Committee's Subcommittee on Health and Human Services meets in Room 4202 of the Capitol at 9 a.m.

Whether Brown has restored enough of the recession-era spending cuts to health programs and social services is one of the biggest points of contention surrounding the budget. With the first surplus in years, liberal lawmakers and advocacy groups have pushed the governor to spend the additional billions rather than socking them away in a proposed rainy-day fund. In-home caregivers have been especially vocal in pushing back against Brown's budget, which would limit the number of hours they can work.

VIDEO: Final budget negotiations become a political bargaining chip for those holding the purse strings, Dan Walters says.

COLLEGE READINESS: California's high school graduation rate is on the rise, but are those students prepared for college? Policy Analysis for California Education sponsors a talk with researchers from Stanford University on a college readiness indicator system that could help schools and districts better prepare their students for future success, 11:30 a.m. at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

COMMENCE THE COMMENCEMENTS: With the school year coming to a close, graduation season is in full swing and members of the Capitol community are beginning their visits to colleges and universities across the state. Assemblyman John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, will deliver the commencement address at the UC Davis School of Law today at 4 p.m. at the Mondavi Center, while Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentary filmmaker and wife of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, speaks to graduates of Dominican University of California in San Rafael on Saturday.

LONG RIDE TO FUNDING: Cyclists will ride from Vacaville, Suisun City and Oakland to Sacramento on Saturday calling on California to reinvest in public education. They will finish at the west steps of the Capitol, where Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Karen Stapf Walters, executive director of the State Board of Education, are scheduled to speak at 4 p.m.

PHOTO: Construction workers erect scaffolding around the Capitol dome on May 1, 2002 in preparation for painting. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench



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