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RB_Jerry_Brown_Budget.JPGGov. Jerry Brown blamed the federal government shutdown on "extreme radicals" on Tuesday, while trumpeting the opening of California's health insurance marketplace.

"While extreme radicals in Washington shut down our government, here in California we're taking action to extend decent health care to millions of families," the Democratic governor said in a prepared statement.

Brown's remarks came as he signed a handful of bills related to the implementation of the federal healthcare overhaul, a major point of contention in the government's partial shutdown.

Asked last week about the impact on California of a then-looming shutdown, Brown said, "Hard to say. The last time they shut down it didn't have much impact. But it could."

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown explains his budget proposal during a news conference at the state Capitol in Sacramento in January. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee


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