Politics

Schwarzenegger feeling ill, cancels budget meeting

File photo of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger holding a press conference on July 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
File photo of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger holding a press conference on July 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has canceled budget talks with legislative leaders because he is feeling ill, prolonging the stalemate over California's $19 billion deficit.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the governor would remain in Los Angeles on Monday.

He had been scheduled to meet with Democratic and Republican leaders of the Assembly and Senate. The 82-day impasse is the longest the Legislature has ever gone without approving a budget.

The last meeting between the governor and the four legislative leaders ended Friday with no resolution.

On Saturday, Schwarzenegger announced he was skipping Monday's conference of border-state governors in New Mexico to focus on budget negotiations. He sent Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado in his place.

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