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It's the day we've all been waiting for: Gov. Jerry Brown unleashes his budget at a 10 a.m. press conference in the Capitol building. Check back with The Bee's Capitol Alert for coverage throughout the day.

His proposal will contain a new "Local Control Funding Formula" designed to simultaneously give K-12 districts more control and direct more money to at-risk students, as Kevin Yamamura reports today. The Bee explained last month the background behind the changes and how the new system could lead to significant funding differences between suburban and urban districts.

Health and human services advocates will mark the occasion with a series of rallies urging lawmakers to restore funding that has been steadily trimmed in recent budgets. The demonstrations are happening across the state, and the Health and Human Services Network will hold its Sacramento iteration in Room 126 of the Capitol building.

But the state budget isn't the only thing on the agenda. Republican Jim Nielsen prevailed in Tuesday's special election in the 4th Senate District and will be heading back to the upper house, where he was once Republican leader. His swearing-in is the first order of business this morning at 9 a.m. with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg presiding.

St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Sacramento will be holding a funeral Mass for former Assembly Chief Clerk R. Brian Kidney, who spent nearly three decades working in the Legislature. The service is at 12:30 p.m.

Happy birthday to Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, who is 48 today.

Post updated at 7:30 a.m. with a link to today's story on Brown's budget.


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