California funds deal consists of cash to place 4-year-olds in kindergarten

SACRAMENTO, Calif .– California Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers are nearing approval of a final operating budget.

Legislators tabled a massive bill on Friday that represents a broad consensus between Newsom, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Speaker of Parliament Anthony Rendon.

Much of the spending had been announced beforehand, including discounts for most tax-paying adults and money to send 4-year-olds to kindergarten. But some important details remain unfinished. The bill allocates billions of dollars to fighting forest fires and drought, but lacks details of how that money will be spent.

In addition, the legislature is still negotiating details on salary increases for childcare workers.