September 24th, 2010, 1:00 am · posted by BRIAN JOSEPH, Sacramento Correspondent

It’s official: This year’s budget impasse is the longest in recent state history (since 1977).

The previous record was set in 2008, when the budget was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sept. 23, 2008. Sept. 23, of course, was Thursday.

So, when might the budget be signed this year? Well, it just so happens that on Thursday afternoon Schwarzenegger’s Press Secretary Aaron McLear Assembly Speaker John A. Perez and the spokesman for Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick all released statements saying the Big 5 (that is the governor and the four legislative leaders) have developed the “framework” of an agreement. They all said staff would work through the weekend to finalize the details.

So it’s possible that this too might be over soon. Then again, we’ve heard talk of frameworks before and weeks have passed without a budget. So it’s also possible the leaders felt they had to show some progress prior to breaking the record.

Here’s the statement from McLear, the governor’s press secretary:

The Governor and Legislative leaders have reached the framework of an agreement, will work through the details over the weekend, and hope to come to a final agreement when they reconvene Monday.

And here’s the speaker’s statement:

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