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Calif. Senators Deluged by Email Amidst Prolonged Budget Delay

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Aired 4/19/09

While budget discussions in the state Senate sputter, lawmakers around the Capitol are hearing from constituents about the lack of a spending plan.   The state Assembly has approved a budget, but the Senate has not. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

Democratic Senator Darrell Steinberg says he's received hundreds of calls and emails -- a higher volume than usual. He says many people are upset over a proposal in the state Assembly's budget plan to offer tax credits to certain businesses. 

Steinberg : But I think underlying all of it is a frustration with why this can't get done in a timely fashion and in an easier way. I certainly share a lot of that.

But Republican state Senator Dave Cox says he's getting encouragement from callers who believe more spending cuts are needed.

Cox : Their admonition is to hang in there. They understand the importance of having a balanced budget.

GOP Senators say in addition to more cuts, a final budget deal must address other issues, including how bond money will be spent.

A state budget was supposed to be in place by the start of the new fiscal year: July 1.

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