SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have scheduled a Friday budget vote on their plan to balance a $15.7 billion deficit as they run up against a constitutional deadline or risk losing their pay.

With Gov. Jerry Brown refusing to sign off on their plan, Democratic leaders said they would work on two tracks to pass a budget and continue negotiations with him on several sticking points, particularly on welfare cuts.

Democrats are urging the governor to back off from plans to cut programs that assist the poor, but Brown maintains the reductions are needed to help bring the state back to fiscal balance. Democrats, in turn, are resisting deeper cuts to the state's welfare-to-work program known as CalWORKS; child care assistance for low-income families; in-home supportive services; and eliminating Cal Grants for students who attend private colleges.

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