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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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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Jerry Brown tells state workers to take Republicans to lunch

“If every SEIU member would take a Republican to lunch, maybe we would be in better shape,” Brown said in a telephone town hall that the union said reached thousands of employees.

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Wisconsin Judge Declares Union Law Not in Effect

A Wisconsin judge ruled Thursday that the state’s explosive new union law that would severely limit the collective bargaining power of most public-sector employees is not in effect.

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