The California state legislature is approving a $300-billion budget bill and sending it to Governor Gavin Newsom. Democrats praise the spending plan for its focus on helping families, small businesses, public assistance recipients, students, and child care. Republicans say the plan lacks transparency. GOP senator and candidate for governor Brian Dahle said during debate of the bill "There's a lot of ice cream and not a lot of vegetables." He criticized the lack of funding for water storage and relief for driver amid record gas prices. Senate budget chair Nancy Skinner said some of the concerns raised by Republicans will be addressed in subsequent budget trailer bills.
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