SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Key lawmakers are staying close to the Capitol this weekend as Gov. Jerry Brown tries to work out a compromise on the state budget.

Few developments emerged Friday after a week of start-and-stop negotiations with five Republican senators who are seeking reforms to public employee pensions, a hard cap on state spending and regulatory changes.

Brown is trying to get bipartisan support to call a special election on extending temporary tax hikes enacted two years ago. It’s a key part of his plan to close the state’s $26.6 billion deficit.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has said lawmakers will work through the weekend. He is aiming for a floor vote next week.

Brown’s office wants the election held June 7 to coincide with local elections in many California cities.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. jackwaddle says:

    What ??? these guys have to work weekends??? oh my god they should make another law …Thats ridiculous…..weeekends…..let alone work at all.. the taxpayers should just support these superior eliteists and supply them what they need to regulate and govern us as they see fit to protect us from ourselves..

  2. Eric says:

    If they get the votes to place a tax hike on the ballots, any one stupid enough to vote for it should have to pay double. The last full budget year, the state spent about $81 billion. Now the new dem gov wants to increase that amount to about $94B. I say lets keep the spending were is was in 2009 and then figure out how to revamp laws to allow public employees to spend tax dollars wisely.

    Oh wait, that would require the assembly and governor to really understand what they are doing…. never mind…lets just stay on this destructive path!

  3. jay says:

    Legislature work…what an oxymoron.

    1. Mike W says:

      The question is: when all is said and do, what’s in it for the disabled, elderly population, public safety, and schools?

  4. brad says:

    I’m pretty sure that herpes has a more favorable rating that our california legislature does.

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