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Lawmakers Bracing for Busy End to Legislative Session



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ask a politician from any party what their focus is these days, and chances are you'll hear three words: jobs, jobs, jobs.  That's Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg's focus the next few weeks.  He wants to work on several measures to boost California's economy:

Steinberg: "Reasonable regulatory reform, streamlining permitting, providing incentives for California employers who hire and retain California workers."

But Republican Senator Bob Huff thinks the Democrats' changes won't go far enough.  Beyond that, Huff also says the state's new spending plan needs a lot of cleanup:

Huff: "There's some huge holes in this budget. There's about $10 billion worth of risk, is how we'd characterize it. And when you have that much at risk, we're going to be dealing with this for a while."

Lawmakers also have hundreds of bills to deal with before the legislative session ends in about three-and-a-half weeks.

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