SAN FRANCISCO - California's cash position continued to deteriorate in December, Controller John Chiang said Friday in his monthly cash flow report.

From July 1 to Dec. 31, the state's general fund collected $41.4 billion, which is $2.3 billion less than expected under its current budget, the report said. The state spent $59.1 billion in the first seven months of the fiscal year, $444 million less than budgeted. The cash flow deficit is $17.7 billion, $1.8 billion more than planned.

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