Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a $103.4 billion general-fund spending plan Tuesday in his office with little fanfare, officially ending the state's longest-ever budget delay at 85 days.
The Republican governor vetoed $510 million in line-item expenditures. Schwarzenegger's signature ensures the state will begin paying nursing homes, community colleges and state vendors for services. It remains unclear when the state will begin rehiring the 10,000 temporary and part-time workers Schwarzenegger terminated July 31.
"While California is certain to face a difficult budget situation again next year, this budget does not take money out of people's paychecks or borrow from voter-approved local government or transportation funds, and it includes real budget reform with teeth," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
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