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Lena Taylor

Republicans say progress being made on budget talks

Republican legislative leaders trying to break an 18-day impasse over the state budget are focusing on cutting borrowing for road projects by $800 million, while negotiations are still going on over how to spread those reductions across the state, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Tuesday. Nothing has been finalized, including the amount of borrowing for transportation projects to be cut, Vos said during a briefing on the status of the budget talks. "We are continuing to negotiate," Vos said. "Making progress." Figuring out funding for roads is one of three major unresolved issues that have led to the stalled action on the $70 billion, two-year spending plan. The...