State Budget Talks Go on and on and on

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    State of California building in San Francisco, Calif.

    It seems state leaders may never come up with a budget.

    Schwarzenegger and lawmakers plan to resume budget talks Tuesday on how to close the state's $42 billion deficit. 

    Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders from both parties met for about two hours Sunday before the governor left for Idaho to attend the winter games of the Special Olympics.

    The shortfall, which is projected through June 2010, has already forced California to delay tax refunds and shut down most state offices on alternating Fridays.

    And the governor has gone to court to try to force an additional 15,000 state government workers to take furloughs because of the deficit.

    Schwarzenegger had already ordered more than 200,000 state workers to take two days off each month without pay. He projected those furloughs would save $1.3 billion through June 2010.