Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. A leading Republican in the state Senate says that Jerry Brown’s plan for a June tax measure is dead in the water unless the new governor makes deep cuts to public-employee pensions, the CoCo Times reports. For his part, Brown says that he plans to deal with spiraling pension costs separately from his proposed budget deal. But even some Democrats acknowledge that Brown’s tax plan may not make it onto the ballot, let alone win passage, unless the governor addresses the state’s pension problem. Brown’s own pollster found last year that 62 percent of Californians view public employee pensions as a very serious issue.