Podcast: Budget Maneuvers

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Governor Jerry Brown launched this week the great mission of his first year in office, perhaps his first term... and it's going to be quite a ride.

On this week's Capital Notes Podcast, we take our first look at the governor's budget -- and perhaps more importantly, the politics of the proposal.

As Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I discuss, Brown seems intent on a budget debate that gives a lot of potentially unhappy groups a vested interest in seeing it succeed.

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9:15 a.m. Update: A smart -- and well connected -- podcast listener writes in to say that, yes, the extension of the lower-than-it-used-to-be dependent tax credit (which is therefore a tax increase) is part of what the governor hopes to place on a June ballot.

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new multimedia California Politics & Government Desk.  He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades -- serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and, most recently, as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. He moderated the only gubernatorial debate of 2014, and was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

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