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Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said this morning that budget negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown and Republicans will continue throughout the weekend, with a floor vote likely by next week.

"We are certainly shooting for, you know, at the very latest Monday, or early, early next week," Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said as he left the governor's office with Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles. "We're going to work it hard through the weekend."

Brown, negotiating with a splinter group of Republican senators, asked Steinberg and Pérez on Wednesday to delay budget votes planned for today, missing his self-imposed deadline but affording him more time to negotiate.

"There comes a point in any process or negotiation where it's very hard to turn back," Steinberg said. "I hope that that's where we're at."

Steinberg and Pérez declined to be specific about negotiating points. The Republican senators have demanded pension, regulatory and other reforms.

Pérez said, "We've got some more work to do, but we're making progress."



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