Governor Jerry Brown Strikes Deal To Get Tax Plan On November Ballot

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — California Governor Jerry Brown Wednesday announced that he had struck a deal to get his tax hike plan on the ballot in November.

The compromise ballot proposition would raise the state sales tax by a quarter cent and it would also raise the state income tax on the top earners.

The deal was a major breakthrough for Governor Brown, who had been wanting to find a way to raise more state revenue. But passing the ballot proposition still will not be easy.

Governor Brown made the announcement in Long Beach at an event celebrating a new jobs-producing Boeing Airliner, which is assembled locally in Southern California.

He said that a deal had been struck with a statewide teachers union to put a compromise proposition on the November ballot that would raise the sales tax and state income tax for the highest earners.

“We’re definitely looking at a winning strategy and having three measures on the ballot is a lot more difficult than two. Of course, one would even be better, but my goal is to balance the budget, which has been in disarray for more than a decade in California,” Governor Brown said.

Concerned that too many competing taxes on the ballot would result in mutual destruction for all of them, the new agreement whittles down the number of possible statewide tax ballot propositions in November from three to two.

“This allow us to broaden our coalition, avoid these competing measures, pragmatism and populism,” said Darrell Steinberg (D), State Senate President.

In pragmatism and populism, the populism would be the millionaire tax, which on Honolulu Street in Monstrose sounded reasonable to Mike Ionescu.

“The millionaire tax, I think everybody should pay their fair share. Now which is the fair share for the millionaire, I cannot tell you,” he said.

But in some parts of L.A. County, there could still be at least three tax propositions on the November ballot — Brown’s raising state taxes, another competing millionaire tax proposition, and a parcel tax by the LAUSD to fund schools.

Claremont-Mckenna Political Science Professor Jack Pitney said that may still be enough to give voters tax fatigue.

“The more tax initiatives on the ballot, the harder sell it is. People see tax-tax-tax and they’re more likely to vote no,” Pitney said. “If they see ‘tax’ too many times, they’ll think, ‘they’re coming to get us.’ And obviously there are radio talk-show hosts who are going to play to that fear. And people are wondering whether the money is going to spent well.”

In Montrose, Charles Eastman sounded like he already had tax fatigue.

“I just don’t want another burden. Already with a shrinking income, you might say, the dollars being extended as much as we had hoped they would be. And if recovery is on the way, well we hear in the news that it’s perhaps here now. It’s taking baby steps in my point of view,” Eastman said.

Eastman is not alone; pollsters say Governor Brown’s ballot initiative raising taxes will have an uphill fight even under the best of conditions.

Brown believes the voters will see that while they do not like raising taxes, the alternative — in this case cutting schools and other essential services — may be even worse. That fear may be his biggest ally.

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  • Johnny in West L.A.

    1/4cent? HaH!
    Any percentage of One Cent Equals a One Cent Tax INCREASE at the register! Retailer’s don’t have percenages of a Penny on the Cash Registers!

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  • Pedro

    I will vote YES on this, California needs money. I will also vote YES on LAUSD’s plan to put a parcel tax on all property owners of $ 300.00 per year. LAUSD needs the money for all the lawsuit coming up. I will vote YES on the water rate hike, and the trash rate hike as well.

    • Everyday Guy

      Of course you will. Your government check is in the mail. Low life.

    • FFL

      Still stuck on stupid.. more obama zombies in action!

    • leo kurn

      lol ,,, another scare tactic by brown . so what they cut the adult program for illegal mexicans ..

  • CAB

    What is the state doing with the billions of taxes from the last sales tax increase?

    Here’s yet another proposed increased without what is called a “sunset date” or date of termination. In other words, once the state gets “caught up” with the deficit, there in NO PLAN to reduce the tax rate back to where it was.

    In addition, we need to vote NO any any bond measures put on the ballot. This is how politicians get money now, and then grand stand about how they did not raise taxes to get it. What they don’t tell you is that is costs more than $2 million to pay off just $1 million in bonds. This is one of the biggest causes of our current deficit. Californians have approved so many bond measures over the past decade that the state is absolutely choking on the cost to pay them off.

    Our economy WILL get better. As more people find jobs, then more people are paying taxes. That’s when you pay down the deficit instead of spending more! It’s not rocket science, it’s poltics.

    Lastly, raising taxes on millionaires will be a DROP IN THE BUCKET compared to a .25% sales tax increase which is paid everyone, even the homeless when they buy a hamburger (yes there is sales tax on fast food, but not on food purchased at the grocery store, unless it’s already hot).

    Vote NO on any tax increase or bond measure!

  • BaAaaaABaaaAa


    Not going to happen.

    Their scare tactic has always been..the children, the schools will be in danger. The LAUSD school system sucks, a high percentage of teachers are rated very poorly.

  • BaAaaaABaaaAa

    Legalaize pot and tax it you dumb eff!

    Do it idiot Jerry Brown.

    Tax the ess out of POT. Tax it! You can put whatever tax you want on it. But leave us hard workers the hell alone already for god sake. We can no longer support Maria and Pancho’s 13 kids.

  • KOBE

    Just another scam by California

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