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Brown Confronts California Intractability as Gap Widens

California Governor Jerry Brown took office last year on a promise to deploy political skills honed over three decades to break the most populous U.S. state out of its annual fiscal crisis.

After 16 months, the 74-year-old Democrat is having as little success as his Republican predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in governing the state with the world’s ninth-biggest economy as it slips into a $15.7 billion deficit, up 70 percent since January.