SAN FRANCISCO - The California Assembly held a four-hour debate on the state budget Sunday, before recording a vote that confirmed that lawmakers were right where they were beforehand - at complete loggerheads over the budget, with no road map to a compromise.

The budget bill put forth by majority Democrats failed on a party-line vote of 45 in favor to 30 against - well short of the 54 votes required to pass the budget with a two-thirds majority vote.

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