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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.)

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