SFGate.com, by Melody Gutierrez
Just hours ahead of a constitutional deadline, the California Legislature approved a $108 billion spending plan Sunday for the 2014-15 fiscal year that sends billions more to schools, pays down debt, props up the embattled High-Speed Rail project and provides funds for a Golden Gate Bridge suicide net.
The budget now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown, who on Friday called the spending plan a “solid and sustainable budget.”
Democratic lawmakers successfully lobbied for more generous spending than Brown had proposed in order to restore and expand programs cut during the recession.
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