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California Budget Talks in Disarray

Monday, 09 June 2003 12:00 AM

The lawmakers must decide whether to cut a deal allowing the $38-billion budget shortfall to be resolved by constitutional deadline or to stand-by as deepening ideological gridlock allows the state to stumble toward insolvency.

The deadline for the legislature to approve a spending plan is midnight Sunday.

The Los Angeles Times says Republicans have firmly locked themselves into an anti-tax position. Democrats, meanwhile, say they refuse to cut more deeply into social programs.

Both parties agree there probably is no turning back from Senate Republican leader Jim Brulte's threat last week to end the political careers of any of his fellow party members who join Democrats in voting for a tax hike. A tax increase would require at least eight GOP votes to reach the needed two-thirds majority.

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