SAN FRANCISCO - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put an end to the longest-running budget deadlock in the state's history yesterday, signing its $103.4 billion budget more than 12 weeks after fiscal 2009 began.

The budget gridlock, created by the requirement of two-thirds majority approval in each house that gave minority Republicans veto power, finally broke after Democrats conceded to GOP demands that there be no tax increases to close the $15 billion general fund deficit that existed going into the budget process.

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