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California Republicans harden anti-tax stance

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – After approving spending cuts in California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget plan last week, state lawmakers this week will try to tackle its most nettlesome proposal — a ballot measure that would ask voters to extend some temporary tax increases. Read the full story.
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Gas, food prices hit rural families hard

Twice a week, Myriam Garcia puts snow chains on her 22-year-old gas guzzler and noses two miles down the hill from her trailer in rural western Montana. Then, instead of turning south and driving the 45 miles to Helena for grocery shopping like she used to, she parks on the side of the road and waits for a friend or neighbor heading into town to give her a lift. In Helena, Jackie Merenz loads her beat-up SUV with juice boxes, graham crackers and apple sauce she bought at Walmart for her 6-year-old daughter’s birthday party. The 60-mile round trip she
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