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Gov. Brown Vetoes Democratic Budget Plan

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California Governor Jerry Brown speaks to reporters as he announces his proposed budget at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks to reporters as he announces his proposed budget at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed the Democratic budget plan approved Wednesday in the Legislature, restarting talks over how to close California’s $9.6 billion deficit.

The Democratic governor says he vetoed the entire set of budget bills passed by majority Democrats. It includes several provisions that would likely face a legal challenge, including imposing a $12 fee on vehicle registrations, a firefighting surcharge on rural residents and an extension of a hike in the sales tax.

He says the plan sent to his desk “will not stand the test of time.”

The plan was widely seen as a placeholder until Brown could compromise with Republican lawmakers over whether to extend a series of expiring tax increases.

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

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