SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Democrats say they’re less than $500 million apart from Gov. Jerry Brown in negotiations over proposed cuts to help close California’s $15.7 billion deficit. Senate Democrats Tuesday declined to specify what the differences are and Brown’s spokesman wouldn’t characterize the status of budget talks. Republicans have been left out of budget negotiations as a result of Proposition 25, which allows Democrats to pass the budget on a majority vote. Ten people were arrested at the state building during a protest over the Democratic governor’s proposal to cut $225 million from the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program, which provides care for the sick and disabled in their homes. The protesters were arrested after locking arms and refusing to move from the entrance to Brown’s office. Lawmakers face a Friday deadline to pass a budget or risk losing their pay.
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