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Apr 27, 2011 7:16 PM by Associated Press (CM)

Senate leader ponders budget cuts to GOP districts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Democratic leader of the state Senate says he is interested in the possibility of targeting Republican districts for budget cuts if GOP lawmakers continue their refusal to let Californians vote on tax extensions.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday told reporters he has considered an idea floated by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer to cut funding in districts represented by Republicans.

Lockyer told the editorial board of the Bay Area News Group this week that if Republicans are demanding less government, their districts should get limited services. Steinberg did not say whether he would act on the idea, but said he would not harm children and the vulnerable.

A spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton says Democrats are more interested in protecting unions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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