Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown needs as few as four Republican votes in the California Legislature to place a measure on the ballot that would extend $9 billion in recent tax hikes — levies Republicans have opposed.
Before Gov. Jerry Brown can ask voters to ratify the multibillion-dollar tax plan he says will rescue California's finances, he must win over a handful of Republicans with a combination of charm, arm-twisting and compromise — a task he's already begun.
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