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Governor Signs $131 Billion State Budget After Vetoing $112 Million

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Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a $131 billion state budget after vetoing $112 million for programs ranging from court translators to air pollution cleanups.

It means that for the first time in six years California will start a new fical year Saturday with a state budget in place.

The former Hollywood star took the unusual step of holding Friday´s bill signing ceremony in the Capitol rotunda, where tourists looked on from the wings and a second-floor gallery.

Lawmakers approved the budget Tuesday night, avoiding a repeat of the partisan deadlocks that have held up budgets in most recent years.