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Budget Hearings to Restart at Capitol

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 23, 2011

With billions of dollars in budget cuts already in place, the governor wants to use mostly tax extensions to eliminate the state's remaining $9.6 billion deficit.

Brown: "You can't close it with hocus-pocus or Republican rhetoric.  It takes real money or real cuts."

But most GOP lawmakers say taxes are neither smart nor necessary.  Brown says he continues to talk privately with individual Republicans who might be part of a deal.  The top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, Bob Huff, says that deal will likely include some of the governor's ideas, but not all.

Huff: "It will hopefully be a completely bipartisan approach to this that gets everybody ready to go."

Democrats want a budget deal by the June 15th constitutional deadline, but the state has blown well past that deadline in previous years.

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