State legislators Friday met the deadline to pass a $92.1 billion budget but left out cuts that the governor wanted, setting the stage for future negotiations.
Had the deadline not been met, legislators would have been docked a day's pay for every day it was not passed.
The spnding plan passed solely by Democrats -- not one Republican voted for it -- did not make the deep cuts to child care and welfare programs that Gov. Jerry Brown indicated he wanted, according to the Los Angeles Times.
County lawmakers earlier this week expressed discontent with the proposed budget because it was set to raid millions in funds from the county that was earmarked for public safety.
Some school districts have already added furlough days to their school years.
The governor has 12 days to sign the budget, trim it, or veto it and send it back to the drawing board, the Times reported.
If the governor chooses, he can make it law and then work to have the plan modified through the legislative process.
Friday's hearings in the Senate and the Assembly went rather quickly with very little arguing and haggling; some Republicans urging their colleagues to repudiate what they said was an incomplete plan negotiated in secrecy.
Republican lawmakers were not really included in the budget process, they complained.
Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, said residents were being treated like "mushrooms" because they were kept in the dark about the state budget.
"While being kept in the dark is good for mushrooms, it's all too frustrating when you are a taxpaying Californian and you continue to be treated like a mushroom by your state government," Jeffries said in a news release.
"Detailed reports and legislative language has been hard to come by - just rumors of backroom deals, at least until we were told today that we would be voting tomorrow," Jeffries wrote on Thursday.
As passed Friday, the budget does not close the deficit, leaving unfunded an $8 billion gap.
Democrats expect to fill that hole with temporary hikes to state sales taxes and also an increase in income tax for the rich, the Times reported.
The governor also hopes to close the deficit in part with several one-time only measures, which include cash that came to the state from the redevelopment agencies' dissolution, according to the Times.
The budget passed by the Democrats in the Legislature is meant to cut more than $1 billion from Medi-Cal, the state's health program for the poor, the Times reported.