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1. The California teachers’ union is urging legislative Democrats to bypass voters and extend tax hikes that are set to expire, the Chron reports. And the CoCo Times reports that Democratic state Assembly Speaker John Perez is pushing for a similar plan that would ask voters later to confirm the tax increases. Both the union and some Democrats are concerned that voters will reject the tax measures if a special election is held later in the year because the tax hikes in question will expire July 1. However, the plan to extend the tax hikes through the legislature faces a very tough hurdle — it still requires approval from at least four Republicans, two each in the senate and assembly. And so far, Governor Brown has failed to attract any GOP votes.