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  • California senators advanced three immigration-related bills Tuesday, including a proposal to fund legal aid for immigrants in the state who face deportation.
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  • California's congressional Democrats came out forcefully against Trump's immigration directives over the weekend, while Republican members of Congress held their fire.

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It's state budget day in Sacramento, as Gov. Brown rolls out a new spending plan

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiling the state budget on Jan. 7, 2016. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Gov. Jerry Brown unveiling the state budget on Jan. 7, 2016. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

For all of the things to watch for in Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget, it may be the one thing he's not expected to include that may overshadow everything else.

The proposal, to be unveiled this morning at the state Capitol, is not expected to address how California might solve billions of dollars in potential cuts from the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

And the biggest question mark surrounds the $16 billion the state currently receives for Medi-Cal, providing healthcare for low-income citizens, through the Affordable Care Act.

Brown may also take a decidedly cautious view of the California economy in the fiscal year that begins this summer, given that recent tax collections have come in below official forecasts.

The governor unveils his proposal for the 2017-18 budget year at 11:00 a.m.

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