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Gov. Jerry Brown will be joined at a budget forum Thursday in Santa Clarita by a type of lawmaker missing from his first two stops: a Republican.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, said this afternoon that he expects to participate in the forum, the third in a series of appearances in which Brown is pushing his tax plan.

Smyth and Brown aren't likely to agree on Brown's tax plan or much else in his budget proposal. The assemblyman is one of many Republicans who have signed a no-taxes pledge.

Smyth said he is attending Thursday to listen both to Brown and to his constituents. But if Brown is trying to pressure Republican lawmakers by appearing in their districts, Smyth said he doesn't feel it.

"Having the governor in town creates no more pressure for me than sitting with a group of parents of disabled Californians whose children are in jeopardy of services," he said. "That's pressure."

California Republican Party leaders also plan to be in Southern California on Thursday, with its "California Speaks Out 2011 Tour" stopping in Riverside.


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