SAN FRANCISCO - California Democrats, who control both houses of the Legislature, yesterday moved to push through a budget plan that would cut the state's two-year, $41.8 billion budget deficit by $18 billion without any Republican votes.

If signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the controversial plan would raise $9.3 billion in taxes without any Republican legislators' votes. It skirts the California Constitution's requirement of a two-thirds legislative majority for new taxes by reclassifying some existing taxes as fees and increasing other taxes by the same amount.

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