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Brown set to unveil jobs legislation Thursday [Updated]

August 24, 2011 |  5:17 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown will unveil legislation Thursday aimed at lowering the state’s stubborn 12% unemployment rate.

Brown spokesman Gil Duran would not offer details about the proposed bills, but said “It will be a package of incentives that will help job creation in California.”

The governor will unveil his proposals in a Capitol news conference Thursday morning, joined by what his office called “legislative, business and labor leaders.”

Duran declined to identify any of the people scheduled to appear with Brown at the announcement, but it didn’t sound as if he was expecting any GOP lawmakers to show up.

“Hopefully, there will be bipartisan support for job creation in California,” Duran said.

[Updated: 5:50 p.m.:] Marc Lifsher reported Wednesday that Brown would push lawmakers to pass a utility surcharge that Brown wants to invests it in renewable energy and efficiency programs. That measure would require bipartisan support to clear the Legislature.

--Anthony York in Sacramento

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