State of Affairs: Gov. Brown's big pitch to lawmakers as cap-and-trade vote looms

California Governor Jerry Brown told Sacramento lawmakers on Thursday the upcoming cap-and-trade extension will be the "most important vote of your life." 

Brown is spending a lot of political capital to push through a package of environmental legislation, which would include preserving past 2020 his signature legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions by California businesses. The vote has already been delayed once. It's now scheduled for Monday. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are looking to use the cap-and-trade deal as their opportunity to strike a compromise on affordable housing. 

Plus, California's Attorney General is vowing to defend Dreamers from deportation. Xavier Becerra could even find himself in an unlikely alliance with the Trump administration to protect DACA. 

It's all in this week's State of Affairs, our weekly look at politics in the Golden State.


Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of Public Policy at USC

Carla Marinucci, Senior Editor for Politico's California Playbook

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