Calif. lawmakers claim progress on budget


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.

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