October 20, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The president pro tem of the California state Senate plans to bring lawmakers back today for more work on the budget.
Darrell Steinberg angrily adjourned the proceedings last night without a deal but vows that lawmakers will keep at it until there's an agreement.
A Republican lawmaker complained that the package of spending cuts, tax hikes and borrowing designed to erase a huge deficit had been put together in secret.
The key part of the $42 billion budget balancing plan consists of tax hikes of more than $14 billion. They include an increase of 1 cent on the dollar in the state sales tax, a 12-cent-a-gallon hike in the gasoline tax and a boost in vehicle licensing fees.
Most Republicans have been unwilling to raise taxes to deal with the state's historic deficit.
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