Governor vetoes Democrats’ budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown angered members of both parties Thursday by rejecting the Democrats' proposed budget plan and blaming Republicans for the current impasse.

The Democratic governor vetoed the budget package passed Wednesday by majority Democrats in the Legislature, saying he would focus instead of reaching a compromise with Republicans lawmakers over whether to extend a series of tax increases set to expire June 30.

Months of negotiations between the governor and Republicans have failed to secure the GOP support needed to extend the tax hikes or authorize a special election to put the question to voters.

Democrats criticized the governor for squashing their plan without offering a clear path toward any sort of resolution.

GOP lawmakers challenged Brown's claim that the current standstill is their fault.

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