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1. Jerry Brown’s plan for a June tax measure may be dead in the water because no state senate Republicans are willing to put it on the ballot, the SacBee reports. In fact, senate GOP leader Bob Dutton said that he knows of no Republicans who will vote to place Brown’s tax measure before voters — even if Brown tackles the state’s public-employee-pension problem. Dutton said Brown and Democratic leaders should prepare to make $26 billion worth of budget cuts — a move that could devastate education funding and further shred the state’s social safety net. Dutton, however, said Republicans would not put forward any plan for what should be slashed.