One of the prolonged lawsuits that became emblematic of California's budget crisis is coming to a close.
Gov. Jerry Brown has reached an agreement with unions and social service advocates to avoid steep cuts to in-home care for the elderly and disabled.
Brown will settle for an 8% cut in service hours instead of the 20% reduction he originally hoped to enact last year.
The deal also ends the battle over cuts pushed by Brown's predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. State officials agreed not to reduce state funding for worker salaries or further restrict who can receive benefits from the program, known as In-Home Supportive Services.