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2008-09-24 09:00:48

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the most overdue state budget in California history Tuesday, skipping the usual fanfare because he said the Legislature's efforts on the $144.5 billion spending plan were nothing to celebrate. Nearly a quarter of the way through its fiscal year, the state finally has freed up billions of dollars to pay medical clinics, nursing homes, day care centers and contract vendors. The 85-day impasse stemmed from a partisan legislative standoff...