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Toni Atkins

Governor signs California budget with anti-poverty efforts

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California's growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor. The new budget beginning next month will establish an earned income tax credit for working-poor families, boost the number of state-subsidized child care slots and expand state-funded health care coverage to children from low-income families who are in the country illegally. The state also will adopt an amnesty program for residents who can't afford to pay off spiraling court fines and traffic penalties that have resulted in 4.8 million driver's license suspensions since 2006. Brown announced the signing with a brief message...