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Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made it clear Friday that they have reached an agreement on a new state budget.

"The leaders of the Legislature have worked very hard to build a solid and sustainable budget that pays down debt, brings stability to the teachers' pension system and builds at long last a reliable Rainy Day Fund," Brown said in the statement, which included comments from Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

The statement, instead of a joint appearance that once routinely accompanied budget deals, arrived some 17 hours after the Legislature's budget-writing committee finished work on a package of spending items that reflected compromises with the administration.

The $108 billion general fund agreement contains more money for preschool, home caregivers and welfare payments, and allocates hundreds of millions in cap-and-trade revenue to high-speed rail, sustainable development, and other green causes. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the package Sunday afternoon.

In Friday's statement, Atkins praised the agreement as "building a foundation for the future."

"We help reduce child poverty, so every child can learn and grow to reach their greatest potential, and we improve preschool, and child care for working families," Atkins said in the statement.

Steinberg said the deal "proves once again that negotiation and cooperation can achieve a great outcome."

"We're expanding preschool for our youngest and career pathway programs for our older students," Steinberg said. "In addition, we're changing the course of our failed corrections system with better solutions to help offenders become productive citizens, and making smart investments to fight climate change with permanent funding for mass transit and affordable housing."

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown leaves the podium with Senate Presdient Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg after he delivered the 2014 State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at the State Capitol.The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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