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Essential Politics: How far will Jerry Brown bend?

Essential Politics: How far will Jerry Brown bend?

Good morning from the the state capital. I'm Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers, and May kicks off the all-but-official state budget season in this town.

The next six weeks will be dominated by negotiations over a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and that will require consensus between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators.

But this year, there are two important — and somewhat conflicting — storylines: Tax revenues came up short in April, and Democrats feel as if this is the year Brown finally embraces some of the...

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