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Poll: Do You Support Gov. Brown's Call To Raise Taxes?

Without the tax hike to help cover a $9.2 billion deficit, the school year may be three weeks shorter, the governor said.

, Gov. Brown repeated his plea to Californians to support a temporary tax hike.

"We need to get a consistent flow of funding to the schools. Of course, to get that money we're going to ask you to support the temporary tax because that's completely for the schools," said the governor of a state looking to close a $9.2 billion deficit.

"If we don't get that $6 billion, we're going to cut—you better believe it. It's not a threat. I'm just telling you it's just the way it is. Education is a bigger part of the budget—it cannot be ignored."

Brown wants voters to agree to raise the sales tax by one half-cent for four years and to raise income taxes on Californians who earn $250,000 a year or more.

If tax increases are approved, the state could generate about $6.9 billion through 2017, according to the Department of Finance. However, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office estimates the tax initiatives will generate $4.8 billion.

Dave Fenner January 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Richard Bruns, - I don't know how you can say, " taxes create jobs" It is just not true, it is not possible and it does not make sense. Every time you take money away from the private economy, or out of people pockets, you take away industry through private or capitalistic enterprise. When the government spends money, it does not have its own. It spends YOUR money, and BORROWED money, mostly from China. It does not create jobs or economy. It subtracts it. If your theory were correct, then we all could just work for the government. Just shut all private business down, and have the government employ everyone. And we could pay everyone a journeyman's wage, no more minimum wages. think about it. Its actually the same as creating a perpetual motion machine. Sorry
Dave Fenner January 23, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Mr Bruns, money to education does not necessarily equate to academic success. you can throw money into a bottomless hole that way, - If you think we could produce more eingineers or Nobel prize winners or Pulitzer price winners just by increasing taxes and funds to education, that is a nobel theory, but NOTHING to support it in the way of facts. But more fact support it as a falsehood. As for Mitt Romney's tax rate, it is because he does not draw a salary, and get W-2 forms on salary. Rather, his income is from returns on investments, capital gains, and the 15% rate is standard on that type of income, whether it is you or him, or me. The theory is taxes have already been paid once on that investment, and investing in a profitable business increases likely hood that the company is growing, employing and paying corporate taxes.
Donald Sonck January 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
There is no need for any tax increases, period. The problem in Sacramento has ALWAYS been an over-spending issue; not revenue! Where are the state worker lay-offs? Pay and benefit cuts? Useless state agency shuttering? Why did Brown, the Assembly and Senate approve granting millions of dollars in tax-payer funded tuition for illegal immigrants (the California DREAM Act)? And Brown has the gall to ask for atax increase? No way!
Richard Bruns January 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Not raising taxes to support our infrastructure, including education, because some of those funds will go to support illegal immigrant education ("The Horror!") is like being afraid the help in a restaurant might get some of the left overs. There is an old phrase that covers this aptly: Don't through the baby out with the bathwater. The bathwater is the comparatively small %age of funds that would go to education immigrants. The baby is California education. And police protection. And fire protection. And good roads. And good community hospitals. And gang-prevention programs. And after school programs. And state parks. And ...and...and.... The infrastructure is crucial to our lives and the infrastructure depends on taxes. By being greedy about your pennies, tax-avoiders are hurting the very towns and the state they live in. And get the rich to pay there Fair share as well. You want to get upset about a Real problem? Why is electricity costs going up. We used one third less electricity in 2011 than we did in 2010 and our cost was actually $20 more for the year. That's about a 33% jump! Property taxes have gone up (that I DO disagree with, but that's a different tax base). Insurance rates have gone up yet we've had no tickets for thirty years. You want your city to function! Get the taxe-rates back where they belong!
Margaret Kelly January 28, 2012 at 02:32 AM
These tax hikes are NEVER temporary!!! I agree with the above mention statement that people and businesses are leaving California. Those who stay and live paycheck to paycheck will again be burdened with not being able to purchase what they NEED on an already stretched dollar. Those getting help wil see that help shrink due to more tax. I will vote NO

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