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Lawmakers Cut Billions, But Still No Deal on Taxes



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Democratic-controlled legislature passed most budget bills on simple-majority votes, enabled by last fall's Proposition 25.  And there's still no deal on Governor Jerry Brown's proposed tax extensions.  The governor says Republicans aren't doing their part to solve the problem.

Brown: "I don't believe they should just hide out and say, we're not talking, we're not dealing and we're not voting."

Yet Republican Sam Blakeslee - one of five GOP Senators facing fiery criticism from their party's base just for talking with the governor - says it's Democrats who won't negotiate on issues like pension reform and a spending cap.

Blakeslee: "We are willing to step up and make hard decisions that end our careers - but not to provide a fig leaf of political cover that does not fix the problems of the state of California."

Republicans have their party's convention this weekend, but lawmakers are still on call for possible budget action.

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