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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13/AP) – Assembly Speaker John Perez and Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg have both called for a vote on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal tomorrow afternoon.

“I have informed the members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus that we will proceed with a vote on the Governor’s budget proposal tomorrow at 1 p.m. This is an honest and balanced package that will give the people of California the opportunity to decide for themselves whether to extend the current tax rates in an effort to finally bring our finances under control,” said Assembly Speaker Perez.

Senate President pro Tem Steinberg released a similar statement.

“As approved by the budget conference committee,the Governor’s proposed budget is the only plan on the table that responsibly and honestly promises to put California’s fiscal crisis behind us once and for all. It’s also a plan that allows Californians to vote on the future of our state. There is no time to waste. Let’s vote,” said Steinberg.

Brown wants to close California’s $26.6 billion deficit by cutting $12.5 billion in spending and extending temporary increases in the sales, personal income and vehicle taxes for five years. He has asked the Legislature to call a special election in June to allow voters to decide the tax question.

 Both chambers are on call Tuesday and Wednesday, even though no Republican lawmakers have publicly signed on to the governor’s plan.

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