The message coming from some of California's top Democrats in the wake of the party's major wins at the ballot in November has been one of restraint.
Though emboldened by a supermajority in both houses for the first time in more than a century, Gov. Jerry Brown and other leaders are preaching about the political risks of overreaching.
But some of Democrats' top political allies don't fully agree with a cautious approach. Chief among them is the California Labor Federation's Angie Wei.
"I'm not sure that voters want restraint," Wei, the legislative director and acting chief of staff for the labor group, said in an interview. "We want to be responsible, but we don't want to clip our wings in terms of dreaming and dreaming big for getting California back on track."
With more than a decade of experience lobbying for the group, which represents 2.1 million organized workers, Wei is considered a powerful force in Sacramento.
Her influence was apparent in 2012, when she scored major wins for labor in legislative battles over foreclosure relief and workers' compensation, among other issues.
Her record of brokering agreements on tough issues has won her respect even among those who find themselves on the other, often losing, side of legislative fights.
"I think she is passionate, very hardworking, very effective, and what I would like to do is work with her on issues that would create more jobs in California for everybody," said Sen. Mark Wyland, the top-ranking Republican on the Labor Committee. "I think there's potential common ground there."
Wei's political capital is expected to grow in 2013, thanks in part to the heavy lift labor gave California Democrats in the 2012 campaign.
The union's massive get-out-the-vote program reached more than 3.7 million voters ahead of the Nov. 6 election, an effort considered by many to have helped secure victory for Proposition 30 and Democrats in close races.
Wei sees the results as affirmation that voters back the tax policies and funding priorities labor supports.
"Taxpayers and voters are there between Prop. 30 and people willing to tax, pay a little bit more themselves but really ask the wealthy to pay more, (and) Prop. 39, shutting down these out-of-state companies and their tax breaks," she said. "That's where the public is, so we want to take that public sentiment and drive it through the legislative process."
The supermajorities are far from a rubber stamp for labor's bills in Sacramento. In addition to wrangling with her legislative adversaries in the business community, Wei will have to win support from moderate Democrats in both houses members who could be vulnerable in 2014 thanks to the state's new political maps and primary system and Brown, who has pledged to govern with a goal of austerity.
Still, labor's role in the wins has some conservatives and members of the business community worried.
"I think labor is going to ask for the moon and the question is whether or not the supermajority Legislature is going to give it to them," Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Jon Coupal said. "I can hope that they won't but, look, we've said it before, you dance with the person who brought you to the ball."
While she acknowledges that the supermajority is "ours to lose" by pushing for too much, Wei says she doesn't believe "the agenda we're going to pursue is cuckoo over the top."
That agenda includes reviving efforts to raise the state's minimum wage, which has been at $8 since 2008, and targeting certain corporate tax breaks for repeal. One program at the top of the Labor Federation's list of targets is the state's enterprize zones.
Title: Legislative director and acting chief of staff, California Labor Federation
Résumé highlight: Worked for California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative and the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights before joining CLF. Appointed to the state Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation by the state Senate in 2006 and served as chair in 2012.
Chief goal in 2013: Using political momentum from the 2012 elections and Democrats' new supermajorities in the state Legislature to push for labor's policy goals at the Capitol.
Biggest challenge in 2013: Persuading moderates and other Democrats worried about overreaching to get behind some of labor's more ambitious proposals.