California state budget deal reached

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders said they struck a comprehensive agreement after an intensive five-hour meeting Friday night, signaling an end to California's record-long budget stalemate after 93 days.

Virtually no details were released on how the state plans to bridge a $19 billion deficit as legislative leaders left the governor's office in the Capitol. Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento said all the information would be released during a public hearing Wednesday.

A vote on the compromise plan brokered between the Republican governor and Senate and Assembly leaders of both parties could come as early as Thursday.

"Everyone has worked very, very hard. These are very difficult circumstances in difficult times, not a lot of celebrating, but we all stepped up and did the work we had to do," Steinberg said.

Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth of Murrieta said he expected enough support among Republicans to pass the budget on a two-thirds vote.

"It's a compromise budget on all sides," Hollingsworth said.

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