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Local lawmaker makes news in budget standoff

By Rachael McDonald

Pacific Grove, CA – It's the first week of August and California is still operating without a budget. All but one Senate Republicans held fast against Democrats in Sacramento refusing to approve a 103 billion dollar budget proposal last week. The budget lost by one vote Wednesday even though 15th District Republican State Senator Abel Maldonado broke ranks with his G-O-P colleagues to vote for the spending plan. Legislators are on a two week break now and Senator Maldonado, who represents the central coast, spoke with me from his home in Santa Maria California.