SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has announced it will meet through the weekend in an attempt to hammer out a compromise for addressing California’s remaining budget deficit, as talks begin in earnest just days before the legislative deadline to pass a spending plan.

To meet lawmakers’ June 15 budget deadline, Democrats have focused on closing most of the $9.6 billion gap by renewing temporary increases in the state sales tax and vehicle license fee enacted two years ago.

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The tax hikes are scheduled to expire by June 30. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to extend them until September, when he hopes voters will approve another extension through 2016 in a special election.

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Renewing the tax hikes or calling a special election requires two Republican votes in each house, which have yet to materialize.

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