Gov. Jerry Brown gets ready to sign the state budget in Sacramento. With him are Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles), left, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). (Hector Amezcua, Associated Press / June 30, 2011)
By Michael J. Mishak and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
As the governor takes his tax message to voters, he will need an unusual coalition of business leaders and Democrats.
July 3, 2011
Reporting From Sacramento— Gov. Jerry Brown’s hope for a tax election this fall died last week with a text message.
In his cabinet room, Brown was negotiating with Democratic leaders and members of the state teachers union when his iPhone buzzed: State Sen. Anthony Cannella, a Republican from Ceres, was bailing on the talks, leaving the Democratic governor short a crucial GOP vote.
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