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Gov. Jerry Brown was working with advisers this morning on a pension reform proposal in his bid to reach a budget deal.

"We're working on pension reform over there in the Department of Finance," Brown told The Bee between meetings at the Capitol.

The Democratic governor is negotiating with a splinter group of Republican senators who have demanded pension, regulatory and other government changes. Brown declined to say what his pension proposal might include.

"As much as we can include that will not set at loggerheads all the opposing parties," he said.

Brown said he will work in Sacramento over the weekend but did not know if the senators will stay in town.

"Whenever they want," he said, "I'm here."

Lawmakers are on call in the event a compromise is reached. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Thursday that he expected a floor vote by early next week.

Brown said this morning, "I'd say we're not ready to close yet, but we're working very hard."

He said, "We're working to get votes, and different people want different things."


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