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CA Lawmakers Face Budget Deadline

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers have until the end of the week to finish their version of California's annual budget. Unlike in recent years, this one contains a rare surplus. Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco calls it "a dream-come-true year" as Democrats try to restore cuts to programs such as welfare and dental care for the poor. They also want more money for courts. But Democratic lawmakers have found resistance from one of their own. Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $96.4 billion state spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. He is rejecting the higher revenue projections favored by members of his own party. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says he's "confident" the sides will reach agreement. The Legislature has until Saturday to pass a balanced budget.

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