Capitol Alert
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May 25, 2011

With exactly three weeks left until the constitutional deadline to pass a budget, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg can’t wait to cross the finish line.

“We are on the verge, if we execute during the next three weeks, to put this fiscal crisis behind us,” Steinberg told about 75 people Wednesday afternoon at a fundraiser for his 2018 lieutenant governor account. “Let’s do this right and put it behind us.”

Steinberg, who was confident a deal could be reached by Gov. Jerry Brown’s original March 10 deadline, acknowledged that he’s a “glass half-full kind of guy.”

Brown, Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and a handful of Republicans have been meeting multiple times a day to agree on details about pension changes, a spending cap and regulatory reform.

“I don’t think there are significant sticking points in negotiations,” Steinberg said. “Now, it’s a matter of drafting, finishing negotiations and execution.”

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