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Report: GOP Budget Would Make Deep Cuts

A draft spending plan by Senate Republicans would balance the state budget without tax increases, but it would make deep cuts to environmental protections, social services and other major programs. That´s according to today´s Los Angeles Times, which obtained a copy of the draft.

The proposal calls for eliminating the California Coastal Commission, slicing reimbursements for prescription drugs for the poor and curbing spending on the state´s community college and university systems. State lawmakers would not discuss the draft proposal.

Portions of the plan could be incorporated into a compromise budget deal between Democrats and Republicans.

Senate Republican caucus spokesman H.D. Palmer says the official list of spending cuts will be publicly released this week.

California´s budget deficit could reach $38.2 billion by next July but lawmakers from both parties have been at an impasse for months. An Assembly Republican budget plan was rejected Sunday night.