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California transportation efforts are officially dead for 2016

 (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Speculation over a potential last-minute push on a transportation funding plan ended Tuesday, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders declared there would be no lame-duck negotiations this month.

The current two-year session of the Legislature officially ends on Nov. 30, and lawmakers have left talks on a multi-billion transportation plan in limbo since adjourning in August.

Brown joined Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) in ending any speculation of a late effort to bring current lawmakers back to the state Capitol.

"While there will not be a lame-duck session of the Legislature to approve a transportation funding deal in 2016, our work on this critical issue continues," the three men wrote in a letter to transportation groups.

Brown had put forth a $3.6-billion transportation proposal this summer, while some Democratic legislators wanted a plan to repair roads and highways of $7.4 billion. The long impasse over a deal centered on Republican opposition to efforts to raise the state gas tax as part of the package.

Brown and the legislative leaders wrote that they remain committed to working on the issue when the new Legislature convenes in January.

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