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“Some Progress” In State Budget Impasse

Negotiators say some progress is being made to resolve differences between lawmakers that is holding up adoption of the state budget.

Party leaders met for more than three hours behind closed doors with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday afternoon. The key sticking point continues to be how to pay for local governments´ services, which has delayed the talks for nearly two weeks.

Assembly Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield said that while there remain a number of other issues to be discussed, he is optimistic that an agreement is just days away.