Brown signs budget after tumultuous month

After a veto fight with his own party and unresolved differences with Republicans, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an on-time $85.9 billion spending plan Thursday that slashes higher education and the safety net while relying on a windfall of tax revenues.

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Budget deal by Brown, Dems scraps tax election, may trigger cuts

Gov. Jerry Brown relinquished a cornerstone of his budget plan Monday by forfeiting a 2011 tax election and securing a deal with Democratic lawmakers that shortens the school year if tax revenues fall short of optimistic projections.

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No budget deal, but Jerry Brown says vote will take place

Gov. Jerry Brown said tonight he is “perplexed” that he has been unable to reach a budget deal, but he said the Legislature will vote on a spending plan Wednesday, the constitutional deadline.

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California risks violating first deadline to cut prison population

California has to meet a November deadline to slash the head count by more than 10,000 inmates, but administration officials say they can’t act without funding from the Legislature. A Republican leader accuses Gov. Brown of relying on ‘scare tactics.’

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More states poised to pursue anti-union legislation

Now that the governors of Ohio and Wisconsin have signed bills to limit public workers’ collective bargaining rights, their fellow Republicans in other states are expected to gain momentum in their efforts to take on unions.

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Taxpayer group with Koch ties targets GOP senators

A conservative taxpayers group backed by major GOP donors has launched a new radio spot targeting two Republican senators who have been involved in ongoing negotiations to put Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax proposal on a June ballot.

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