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Perata needs another day

The Senate convened for a few minutes Wednesday morning to take up Republican budget reduction proposals, then recessed for 24 hours so that the GOP measures can be analyzed.

Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata convened and then recessed the session, suggesting that the prayer that opens every session be something from St. Jude on Thursday.

St. Jude is the patron of desperate situations, an allusion to the weeks-long stalemate on the budget. The Assembly approved a version of the budget last Friday and then left town for its summer recess, but the Senate has been deadlocked over GOP demands for more spending cuts.

The budget requires a two-thirds vote, so at least two Republicans would have to vote for it.

Republicans are proposing a series of relatively small reductions they say would close the remaining $700 million between revenues and spending in the 2007-08 budget, which now totals $103 billion.