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Another Vote, Another Rejection for State Budget Proposal


Aired 4/19/09

Monday, the California Senate rejected a Republican budget proposal. Tuesday, it was the State Assembly.

Assembly Democrats voted against the GOP spending. It does not raise taxes, but adds more spending cuts than proposed by Democrats or Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

After the vote, Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly met with the Governor in separate caucus meetings.

Schwarzenegger proposed a budget last month. It included a temporary raise in the state sales tax.

But, Assembly GOP Leader Mike Villines says the Governor's continued effort for a tax increase isn't helping to reach compromise.

Villines: I think it delays the budget passage I think part of the reason we're in this delay now is the Governor has pushed this forward so much.

Governor Schwarzenegger said he wants a vote on his spending plan.

The budget is more than two months overdue. Lawmakers are at odds over how to fill a 15-billion-dollar shortfall.

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