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A behind-the-scenes look at how Governor Brown’s massive transportation bill got passed




California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during day three of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016.
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during day three of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016.
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The passage of the $52 billion transportation bill marked a huge victory for Governor Jerry Brown.

Apparently, it came with a prize. Both the LA Times and Sacramento Bee are reporting on the “side deals” and “pork” the Democrats had to dole out in order to win enough votes.

Brown’s ambitious plan wants to fix California roads by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees. It was a tough sell for some lawmakers, but the bill cleared the Legislature on Thursday.

Guest:                                

Patrick McGreevy, reporter who covers the California Legislature in Sacramento for the LA Times. His latest piece looks at the negotiations behind the passage of the transportation bill