SAN FRANCISCO - The California Legislature's special session on the state's $11 billion budget deficit for the current fiscal year ended last week without any agreement on how to solve the ballooning budget problem.

Democratic lawmakers forced a vote on a plan that would have cut spending and raised taxes by $16.2 billion over the next year and a half to rein in a deficit that's expected to balloon to $17 billion next year, but the plan fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass California tax hikes. It garnered no Republican votes.

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