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Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced today that the Senate will convene at 1 p.m. Wednesday to vote on Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal.

"There is no time to waste. Let's vote," Steinberg said in a statement.

He called Brown's proposal to cut spending and extend temporary taxes "the only plan on the table that responsibly and honestly promises to put California's fiscal crisis behind us once and for all."

Senate GOP leader Bob Dutton slammed Brown's budget as "another short-sighted tax-and-spend scheme."

"The Democrats say, 'Let the people vote,' but what the Democrats really want is for the people to pay for government as usual," he said in a statement.

The Assembly has also announced 1 p.m. vote on the budget plan.

Brown has been negotiating with Senate Republicans in hopes of securing the two Republican votes in each house he needs to put his tax extension proposal on the ballot. Reports emerged yesterday that talks had fizzled, though several members have said they are continuing to negotiate.

"I think there are some Republicans who are very committed to doing something, but so far there's no, there's no agreement," Brown said today.



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