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The budget is the focus of the day, with the ball expected to be in the Senate's court after a raucous evening that saw a last-minute rift between Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez over tax breaks for businesses sought by Republicans.

The Senate has scheduled a floor session for 9 a.m. today – the final scheduled day before the stalemate begins to eat into legislative recess.