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Lawmakers, governor debate climate-change spending

Democratic legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown are divided over whether to divvy up more than $1 billion collected from carbon auctions or retain it as an enticing bargaining chip while they struggle to win support for extending California's climate programs.

The top Senate leader upped the ante Wednesday by proposing to spend $1.2 billion, nearly all of the $1.4 billion that's been collected but not yet earmarked. The plan by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, would allocate money through 2017 for lower-emission vehicle incentives, transit funding and money to help low-income families make energy efficiency upgrades.

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