California Lawmakers Forge Ahead With Budget Package

March 17, 2011

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are focusing on a budget package aimed at closing the state's $26.6 billion deficit, as Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders seek out the votes needed to pass the plan's two most divisive components.

The state Assembly and Senate on Wednesday approved billions of dollars of spending cuts, but failed to pass a bill to eliminate the state's more than 400 redevelopment agencies or take up the Democratic governor's plan to ask voters to approve a five-year extension of sales, income and vehicle taxes set to expire this year.