USC – LA Times Poll: California Proposition 30 Not Winning Hearts and Minds



Trouble in River City for California Governor Jerry Brown and his pet project, California Proposition 30, which raises taxes to balance (at least partially) California’s budget.

A majority of Calif. voters support a November ballot initiative that would temporarily increase the state’s income tax on high earners and raise the sales tax, but this support has taken a tumble in the last few months, according to the latest results from the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll.

Backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Prop. 30 would raise the state income tax on those earning more than $250,000 a year for seven years and increase the sales tax by a quarter of a cent to fund public education and public safety.

In the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, 54 percent of voters said they support Prop. 30, while 37 percent oppose the measure when read the ballot language. This is a decline in support of nearly 10 percentage points since March 2012, when the poll showed 64 percent of Californians in support of the measure, and 33 percent opposed.

As I have said before, California voters, including the majority Democrats, have no stomach for raising taxes on themselves with the California economy so poor.It doesn’t matter that the “rich” will be taxed more on their income taxes, because voters know the majority of the revenue will come from them via the ubiquitous sales tax.

Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislative Democrats have fiddled while the California economy has gone into the dumpster with a structural budget deficit that grows with each month. The seemingly bottomless pit of the California taxpayer has reached bottom.

California budget cuts are coming – and about time.

The next step will be to reverse or postpone the ridiculously burdensome business and industry regulations that are driving business out of the state.

California Proposition 30 is a dead duck.



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    • perspective2 on October 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Prop 30, 32 are political blackmail by the Sacramento politicians and their lobbyists.
    Vote yes on 30, 32 and be fooled by the Sacramento lobbyists and their politicians

  1. No way!

    Prop 30 is a massive tax increase supported by the tax and spend California Democrats, most notably Governor Jerry Brown.

    Prop 32 is opposed to the public employee unions who use payroll deductions from their employees to pay off the Democratic POLS in Sacramento with campaign contributions.

    Vote No on 30 and Yes on 32!

    • perspective2 on October 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    The choices made Nov 6 will determine the state’s course for
    years. Both Prop 32, 30 levy significant taxes on Californians.

    The wounds that Prop 30, 32
    are to heal have been self inflicted largely by elected officials in
    Sacramento who simply do not say no to any influential interest group (lobbyists) be they public
    employees, business, teachers or other unions or environmental groups.

    And now the Sacramento politicians and their lobbyists are using
    Prop 32, 30, 38 to blackmail us.

    Vote! Vote No on Prop 32, 30, 38. Save
    California for our children.

    • Informed on October 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    The Reason-Rupe Poll:

    The poll’s sample was made up of 44 percent Democrats, 26 percent
    Republicans and 24 percent independents. And yet, 62 percent support
    reducing the number of state government employees, while just 33 percent
    oppose cutting the state workforce.

    Fifty-nine percent of
    those surveyed say government regulations often do more harm than good.
    And an even higher number, 65 percent of likely voters, believe the laws
    and regulations passed by the state legislature make it more likely
    that businesses will move their jobs to other states. Merely 24 percent
    think the legislature’s actions help create jobs in California.

    I am just saying NO to Prop 30. Even in a poll with a majority
    Democratic makeup they still want less government spending and believe the government does not have our best interest in mind. So if you
    want less government spending why in the world would you vote to be able
    to write them a 6 billion dollar check? ESPECIALLY when California is
    already the highest taxed state and ESPECIALLY since not 100% will
    actually go to the schools for which many are basing their vote!

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