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No California road-building, gasoline tax deal this week, leaders say

A portion of the Highway 50 road surface, right, undergoing road work. Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
A portion of the Highway 50 road surface, right, undergoing road work. Tuesday, May 10, 2011. rpench@sacbee.com

The pursuit of an elusive deal to fund California’s transportation infrastructure will force some lawmakers to work beyond the looming end of the legislative session, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leadership said Thursday.

During a press conference announcing a major change in landmark climate change legislation, Brown and the leader of the Assembly acknowledged that they were unlikely to reach a compromise before the regular legislative session concludes on Friday. Republicans have rejected a proposal from Brown that incorporates higher fuel taxes and a road user fee.

“It doesn’t look like it will” come together this week, said Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

A special transportation session called by Brown allows lawmakers to work beyond the normal deadline. Atkins said she and Senate president pro tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, would form a conference committee to continue working on the transportation issue “as we move into the fall.”

Brown added that he was optimistic about achieving a goal he established during his State of the State speech at the year’s outset.

“The roads are going to get fixed,” Brown said. “People are going to spare the money, whether it takes a week, a month, a year or two.”

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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