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Toni Atkins
Brown's budget boosts spending for schools, adds tax credit

Gov. Jerry Brown took a restrained approach in proposing a record $115.3 billion budget Thursday that sends more money to schools and offered what he called a reasonable commitment for a new tax credit to the working poor. His proposal left fellow Democrats, welfare advocates and social service recipients asking whether the state can do even more to fight poverty. "To what degree are we going to be able to restore everything that was cut during the recession? I doubt it," said Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. "Do we have to try? Absolutely." Brown's updated budget plan marks the beginning of a four-week negotiation period with the Legislature....