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Brown Says Budget Deal Close

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011 6:46am


The constitutional deadline for the legislature to pass a budget is now just two weeks away – and California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s “close” to a deal with a handful of Republican lawmakers.

“But you know, an inch can be a mile in this business,” Brown said. “So I don’t want to say – so we’re not there yet. Definitely, there’s some very tough issues – pensions, maybe cap, maybe not as much. And then certain regulatory questions that are still being hammered out.”

But the governor is avoiding any public discussion on the details. Here’s what he told reporters in Sacramento Wednesday when asked about what kind of spending cap he’d support: “That’s something that is in very delicate negotiations right now and I’m not gonna upset the apple cart by opining on one term or another.”

Brown doesn’t seem as optimistic about his proposal to eliminate the state’s more than 400 redevelopment agencies. He’s calling that particular subject “a tall hill.”


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