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California's legislature approved a plan Thursday morning to close the $42 billion budget deficit of California through steep cuts and new taxes, after state leaders corralled the last Republican vote needed to end a 15-week partisan impasse that has battered an already-crippled state economy.
The CA State budget has finally been passed after one of the longest Senate lock downs in CA history.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will likely sign the plan by this weekend, opening the way for officials to restart construction projects and send tax refunds that had been delayed to keep the state from running out of cash.
The original budget proposal -- a set of nearly 30 bills -- was hammered out in closed-door negotiations by Mr. Schwarzenegger and the four majority and minority legislative leaders.
The changes made after negotiations with Mr. Maldonado include measures calling for the California to hold open primary elections and to stop pay raises for lawmakers in years the state faces a budget shortfall. Both reforms would have to be approved by voters, however. Legislative leaders also agreed to strip out the gas-tax increase.
California Budget Passed at 4:50 a.m.

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