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California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his 2017-2018 state budget plan he released at a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart showing that budget deficits usually follow balanced state budgets as he discusses his 2017-2018 spending plan at a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his 2017-2018 state budget plan he released at a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his 2017-2018 state budget plan he released at a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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FILE - In this May 13, 2016, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart showing possible future deficit spending as he discusses his revised 2016-17 state budget plan in Sacramento, Calif. Brown is scheduled to release his opening budget proposal Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, which will reveal his plans to prepare for possible steep cuts in federal funding for health care and other public services. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2016, file photo Gov. Jerry Brown holds a chart as he discusses his proposed 2016-17 state budget at a news conference, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown will release his proposed state budget Jan. 10, 2017, outlining his spending priorities during a period of deep uncertainty about California's finances as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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FILE - In this May 13, 2016 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart showing the unpredictable capital gains revenues as he discusses his revised 2016-17 state budget plan in Sacramento, Calif. Brown will release his proposed state budget on Jan. 10, 2017, outlining his spending priorities during a period of deep uncertainty about California's finances as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown talks to reporters after casting his mail in ballot on Election Day in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. In the final weeks Brown made a last-minute push for Proposition 57 that would make more prisoners eligible for parole and against Proposition 53 which would require voter approval before the sale of revenue bonds of $2 billion or more. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown deposits his mail-in ballot at his voting percent in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. In the final weeks Brown made a last-minute push for Proposition 57 that would make more prisoners eligible for parole and against Proposition 53 which would require voter approval before the sale of revenue bonds of $2 billion or more. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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FILE - In this May 18, 2016, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures during a community event in Sacramento, Calif. Brown dramatically altered California’s criminal sentencing system when he was first governor a generation ago. Now, with Proposition 57, he is asking voters to change it back, to give corrections and parole officials more say in when criminals are released, and strip prosecutors of the power to decide when juveniles should be tried as adults to rein in a legal code he believes has tilted too far in favor of get-tough policies. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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FILE - In this May 18, 2016 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures during a community event in Sacramento, Calif. Brown is preparing to sign a bill to automatically enroll millions of private-sector workers in retirement savings accounts. The legislation is an attempt to address the growing concern that many workers will be financially unprepared to retire. Gov. Brown says he'll sign it on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (top) and California Gov. Jerry Brown (above) sign bills creating a statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, delivers his speech in the Synod Hall as he attends a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world are meeting at the Vatican this week to bask in the star power of eco-Pope Francis and commit to reducing global warming and helping the urban poor deal with its effects. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown answers a question concerning the budget agreement reached with legislative leaders at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Accompanied by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, right, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, unseen, Brown outlined the budget plan that send billions more to public schools and universities in the fiscal year that begins July 1. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Gov. Jerry Brown's embrace of hydraulic fracturing has drawn the scorn of California's vocal environmental movement, which decries Mr. Brown as being too cozy with energy business interests. (Associated Press)

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Analysts have raised the possibility that the campaign against Proposition 13 in California may be aimed at achieving another public sector labor goal: persuading Gov. Jerry Brown to support an extension of the five-year tax increase under Proposition 30 by using the split-roll threat as a bargaining chip. (Associated Press)

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flip-flop: Current, and former, California Gov. Jerry Brown faced bashlash when Prop 13 froze wages in 1978. He now seeks to overturn the landmark law.

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Gov. Jerry Brown favors high-speed rail over water-catching infrastructure in parched California, which may harm the Democrats' chances of holding retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat. (Associated Press)

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California Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a question concerning his revised state budget plan during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday May 14, 2015. Brown's $115.3 billion spending plan would send billions more to public schools and freeze in-state undergraduate tuition and establish a new state tax credit of the working poor.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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In this April 16, 2015, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown talks with reporters after a meeting about the drought at his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)