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Second Week of Fiscal Year, Still No Budget

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The state is starting the second week of the new fiscal year without a budget in place. That’s after California legislators in a rare Sunday session rejected a Republican proposal to balance the state budget.

The state Assembly voted 45-27 against the plan. The vote was along straight party lines, with Democrats voting no and Republicans voting yes.

Republicans say their plan would have balanced the budget without tax increases. That would have been accomplished with spending cuts.

Democrats say the GOP plan would have cut health services for poor people and the disabled, and would have blocked 100,000 children from attending kindergarten.

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