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After Three Month Impasse, State Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Budget

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, October 1, 2010

California lawmakers have been trying to close the state's 19 billion dollar budget gap for months. In the meantime, the state hasn't been able to pay some of its bills and was gearing up to issue I-O-U's. Aaron McLear is a spokesman for the Governor. He won't share details just yet, but he says there are a few things Governor Schwarzenegger has insisted on.

"He maintained all along that he will not sign a budget that increases taxes, and he will not sign a budget that does not reform budget and pensions." 

Republican lawmakers are already touting this year's spending plan as a "no-tax budget." Cuts to education and social service programs are also part of the deal, though it's unclear how deep those cuts will be. A final vote on the budget is expected next Thursday.

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