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Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg convenes a 9 a.m. floor session today, vowing to "work every day" to pass a budget by July 1. Steinberg insists he won't bend on protecting in-home care for the elderly, college assistance for young adults and health care for children. And he is hoping he won't look like a pretzel once the deal is done.

Check out the video of his presser after Wednesday's wranglings to find out more on what's next to come in the "serious business" of sorting out California's fiscal mess.

Speaking of health care, the Health Care for America coalition will be holding rallies today outside offices of U.S. Dianne Feinstein in San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego and Los Angeles to demand more strident support from the California senator for President Barack Obama's universal health care efforts.

The coalition includes Health Access California, the Service Employees International Union, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Associations of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the California Partnership and the Children's Defense Fund.

While the budget and health care may dominate the day's attention, the Little Hoover Commission will hold a 9 a.m. hearing in Capitol Room 437 on management and governance of California's water supply.

Maybe it's just a reminder that all those clouds - ominous or otherwise - around the state house these days couldn't exist without water. Hot air alone is not enough.


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