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Democratic Leaders Hope To Wrap Up Budget Items This Week



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 18, 2012

Legislative Democrats and Governor Jerry Brown continue to haggle over the $92 billion spending plan lawmakers sent to the governor's desk last week.

Budget-related trailer bills yet to pass include differences the two sides have over how to treat the state's welfare to work program CalWORKS.

But Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says he hopes to finish the budget bills this week.

Steinberg:"We're very close. We're only a couple of hundred million dollars apart and when you consider past budgets and the gulf that existed in those negotiations, long into July August and September this is different and I think it is better."

Republicans say the budget isn't balanced and is full of gimmicks.

Lawmakers had to pass the budget bill itself last week to avoid losing their pay and expense money.

Brown has until June 27 to act on that spending plan.
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