Gov. Brown Pitches Higher Taxes In State Of State Address

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown gave Californians a choice between higher taxes and deeper cuts to public schools and other core functions of government during his State of the State address Wednesday, essentially beginning his campaign for a planned November ballot initiative on taxes.

The Democratic governor said his push for temporary tax increases to the wealthy and the state sales tax are the best options to end California’s cycle of budget deficits and cutbacks to teachers, social service programs and health care services for the poor. He noted that his budget for the coming fiscal year closes a $9.2 billion deficit with a roughly equal proportion of spending cuts and tax increases.

“Neither is popular but both must be done,” he said.

Despite support from within his own party, Brown’s path to November will not be easy.

At least two other groups are proposing their own tax initiatives for the ballot, creating a logjam of similar issues that could confuse voters and lead them to reject all the proposals. At the same time, Republican lawmakers and anti-tax advocates are prepared to counter the governor’s proposal by saying state government is still unable to control its spending.

The Republican leaders of the Assembly and Senate issued a joint statement criticizing Brown’s address even before it was delivered to a joint session of the Legislature.

“Unfortunately, the governor’s vision is centered around one thing — higher taxes,” said Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway of Tulare. “Governor Brown says that the sky will fall if Californians don’t agree to a $35 billion dollar tax increase. You and I know that this simply isn’t so.”

Brown said his tax hike would generate $7 billion a year through 2017, by raising income taxes on individuals who make $250,000 a year or more and boosting the state sales tax by half a cent. The Legislative Analyst’s Office differs on the amount of revenue likely to come from the wealthy and says Brown’s plan actually will generate far less — about $4.8 billion a year.

“As for the initiative, it is fair. It is temporary,” Brown said. “It is half of what people were paying in 2010. And it will protect our schools and guarantee — in the constitution — funding for the public safety programs we transferred to local government.”

Wednesday was the second State of the State address of Brown’s third term in the governor’s office, coming after a year in which he failed to persuade Republicans to along with another tax plan. Last year, he wanted the Legislature to extend a series of expiring tax hikes but could not muster the required two-thirds vote.

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  1. Mike D says:

    More taxes to give to Illegals. I don’t think so!

  2. Xen says:

    More taxes is not the solution. We’re paying the highest taxes in the nation already and because of that people are moving out of California and with less tax income for the state the rest of us are making up the lost tax revenue thus causing more to leave the state. Either Brown cuts the excess fat from the state budget and bring back jobs lost to other states or we will cut him from the state payroll.

  3. alg says:

    So tell me CBS REPORTER, where were we when Jerry Brown served the other two consecutive TERMS in office. I thought he was in his third year in office.
    Of course he will be voted out after his DEBACLE with allowing ILLEGAL ALIENS get in front of LEGAL CITIZENS who want funds for college. big mistake.
    I don’t want a republican in there. I want an independent moderate who can get the job done. Who could that be?

    1. Debra R Steinman says:

      You perhaps? I’ll contribute!

    2. krg says:

      alg I hope your independent is smarter than you.

      Brown was Governor from 1975 to 1983. This is his third term.

      If you don’t know that you obviously don’t pay any attention so you should refrain from commenting.

  4. Debra R Steinman says:

    Of course he’s touting higher taxes, in the face of so many Californians who are living just ‘above’ the poverty line.

    Never mind that in the state of New Mexico, Republican Governor Martinez didn’t have to raise taxes, and now NM has a SURPLUS (with NM residents still getting the services they need)!

  5. GR0WAPA!R says:

    AS$hat Brown recently gave the aS$wipe prison guards two months paid vacation, of course the job is so “dangerous and stressful” that the aS$wipes don’t take a vacation for thirty+ years and bank all the time with an enormous cash payout. And, it’s not like it will be thirty years before, so where were the cuts this AS$hat runs his mouth about? He’d be blowing smoke out of his ass if the puS$Y incompetent aS$wipe public safety unions weren’t so far up in there.

  6. Phoebe says:

    Let him address the co$t of supporting illegals (schools, prisions/jails, medical care, education). Let Gov. Brown & the rest of the ploliticians sharpen their pencils & do some basic math, subtract what people who are not here legally co$t this state, then give us taxpaying (which includes income, property & sales) the TRUE figures. Ah, but he’s the guy adovating taxpayer $$ for college for those folks & their offspring. Until they address REAL problems instead of ALWAYS counting on taxpayer $$. California is doomed.

  7. John says:

    Good luck getting anyone to pay higher taxes right now. You want them to accept higher taxes? Fine. Cut the services you need to cut completely off until we have a revenue surplus. Then, when things are truly intolerable, people will be willing to pay more for them. Until that point all you’re doing is shoveling dirt against the ocean.

  8. rankin1 says:

    no one ev er mentions the cost of free school lunch for the anchor babies.

  9. ray stankivicz says:

    Let’s start with cuts in Sacramento. First, Brown salary and then all the legislators who want the tax increase.Let’s start with cuts in Sacramento. First, Brown salary and then all the legislators who want the tax increase.Let him address the co$t of supporting illegals (schools, prisions/jails, medical care, education). Let Gov. Brown & the rest of the ploliticians sharpen their pencils & do some basic math, subtract what people who are not here legally co$t this state, then give us taxpaying (which includes income, property & sales) the TRUE figures. Ah, but he’s the guy adovating taxpayer $$ for college for those folks & their offspring. Until they address REAL problems instead of ALWAYS counting on taxpayer $$. California is doomed.

  10. jwilson says:

    Anybody read what happened after Illinois raised tases on the wealthy and businesses? Their debt went up. Rich people and businesses can afford to move or do business somewhere else. Better jump to Plan B.

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