California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during the California Democrats State Convention Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, in San Diego
Gov. Jerry Brown’s political aides on Wednesday continued a public campaign to convince rival tax proponents to back off, releasing a poll summary that showed that none of three proposed ballot measures will pass if they’re all before voters in November.
Both Brown’s temporary tax hike — a half-cent rise in the sales tax coupled with increased levies on higher earners — and a proposed tax increase on millionaires sponsored by some unions score more than 50% on the poll. Brown’s measure is at 53% while the millionaire’s tax polls at 55%, according to a statement from Sacramento-based pollster Jim Moore.
The third proposed tax hike, an across-the-board income tax hike to fund public education pushed by civil rights attorney Molly Munger, lags with only 31% support.
But if all three appear on the ballot, the release states, none cross the 50% threshold. Brown’s wins 43% support, the millionaire’s tax 42% and the income tax 17%.
The survey of 500 registered California voters has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.
I have talked to many Democratic friends down in Los Angeles County and they are not voting for ANY tax increases.
Brown’s proposal is likely to fail anyway since after former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s many promises that increased or new taxes were temporary, they never seem to be.
By the way, I saw Arnold walking in Santa Monica on Sunday morning. I said good morning and he grumbled back the same.