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Conference committee reports no progress on state budget agreement

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A six-member conference committee was quickly formed Wednesday to reach an agreement on the new state budget.

Four Democrats and two Republicans met publicly for 2.5 hours. But they did not resolve any of the 180 differences between the Assembly and Senate versions of the two-year, $63 billion spending package.

Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan said he hoped the panel would agree on some of the less controversial items, but the Republicans wouldn't go along.

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