Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins (left) and Sen. Holly Mitchell, chair of the Senate budget committee, helped shape the budget increasing early education and health care funding. Photo for CALmatters by Judy Lin

In summary

Lawmakers pass $215 billion budget, but more work remains. Budget includes Placerville pork. Progressives suffer some setbacks.

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Dan Morain joined CalMatters in March 2018. He is the former editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee. Morain also spent 27 years at The Los Angeles Times, and has covered the Capitol since 1992.