Calif. lawmakers claim progress on budget

September 23, 2010 6:25:54 PM PDT
Aides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature's top leaders say they will resume work next week on trying to end California's record-long budget impasse.

The Republican governor and leaders of the Assembly and Senate emerged Thursday without a solid plan for closing California's $19 billion deficit. They have been meeting at Schwarzenegger's private office in Santa Monica because the governor has been feeling ill.

Schwarzenegger press secretary Aaron McLear and the other aides said the leaders had reached what they describe as a "framework" for a potential solution. They did not define what they meant by "framework," nor did they release any details.

Friday will mark the longest the state has gone into its fiscal year without an approved spending plan.