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Tax proposals by unions, activists may loosen Brown's grip on budget
Tax proposals by unions, activists may loosen Brown's grip on budget

When it comes to California's roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state's rainy-day fund. But now a series of tax-related proposals, some backed by powerful interest groups or a rich benefactor, could loosen his tight grip on the budget. Unions and grass-roots organizers are considering an effort to, over Brown's objections, extend the higher taxes that the governor persuaded voters to go along with in 2012. They are also pondering a proposal to alter the state's landmark restrictions on property taxes, to raise more revenue from...

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