Category: California Proposition 30

What Happens When Jerry Brown’s California Proposition 30 Fails?



Trick or Treat with Dan Walters and Proposition 30

Dan Walters explains the aftermath when Jerry Brown’s big tax increase and California budget initiative fails at the polls next Tuesday.

As the political odds turn against Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure, political insiders are turning their attention, however reluctantly, to the fallout should, indeed, voters reject the sales and income tax hike on Tuesday.

The measure would deliver $6 billion a year in new revenues and should it fail, Brown and the Legislature have already passed $6 billion in so-called “trigger cuts” that would be imposed, overwhelmingly on K-12 schools.

So that would seem to be that. But it’s not.

As Brown campaigns – with increasing desperation – for the measure, he insists that were it to fail, he’d refuse to sign legislation changing the trigger cuts to schools. But he has to say that, because the threat to schools is the core of his pitch to voters.

Whether he really would stand pat on the triggers is, therefore, problematic. Brown has never let a seemingly solid public position preclude changing his mind when political winds shift.

What we do know is that his allies in the educational establishment, especially unions such as the California Teachers Association, have no intention of meekly accepting the trigger cuts, even if most school districts have already built that worst-case scenario into their current budgets.

They would not only press Brown and the Legislature to reduce or eliminate the trigger cuts, but most likely would challenge their constitutionality in the courts, because the stakes are not just the 2012-13 fiscal and school years, but the shape of school finance for years to come.

Were the courts to void the triggers, they would take Brown and the Legislature off the political hook of having imposed them – much as the U.S. Supreme Court solved their political dilemma about overcrowding of prisons. “The judge made me do it” sounds much better to voters than “I changed my mind.”

The fact is Jerry Brown and his Democratic cronies in the Legislature will wear NO clothes after the tax increase fails.

They will have to make unpopular cuts – but as Walters explains they will have to make some anyway since Prop. 30 doesn’t solve the structural budget deficit.

Jerry Brown has wasted an entire year with Proposition 30 – no leadership there. Let the voters screw themselves and solve his budget dilemma.

However, Californians may have just screwed up his plan.


Governor Jerry Brown Takes Action to Try to Lower California Gas Prices


Sign of California Gas Prices

This is a screencap from last night and I understand prices have gone up even more this morning!

Californians are hurting with gasoline prices spiraling upward seemingly out of control. Now, California Governor Jerry Brown is taking emergency action to try to lower prices.

Gov. Jerry Brown took “emergency steps” Sunday to try to bring down record gas prices in the state.

He directed the California Air Resources Board to increase the fuel supply by allowing the immediate sale and import of cheaper and more available winter-blend gasoline.

The move would reduce the price of gas in California by 15 to 20 cents per gallon, probably within a few days, said energy expert Chris Faulkner of Dallas-based Breitling Oil and Gas.

“This would immediately increase the supply of gasoline in California,” Faulkner said, but he cautioned that it would take a few days for the governor’s move to be reflected at the pump.

“Gas goes up quickly and comes down slowly,” Faulkner said.

Winter-blend gasoline is a mixture that evaporates more quickly than gas sold in summer months. It’s considered more detrimental to air quality during warm weather.

Winter-blend gasoline typically isn’t sold until after Oct. 31.

I don’t mean to sound cynical, but Jerry Brown, a captive of the environmental lobby, really wants his tax increase measure, California Proposition 30, to pass in November. Voters would be less likely to vote for a sales tax increase if they are paying more for gasoline.

Of course, I doubt that Prop. 30 will pass anyway since Californians are not apt to increase their taxes in the horrible California economy.

Here is a video report from a local Los Angeles television station:


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.


California Proposition 38 Launches Television Ad – Pushes Taxes


California Proposition 38 ad

Now, with this new ad for California Proposition 38, California Proposition 30 which also asks California voters to increase taxes (sales and income) has a rival with television air time.

The Proposition 38 campaign released its first statewide television advertisement Monday, aiming to gain ground in the polls by playing to voters’ distrust of Sacramento politicians.

The animated advertisement says the initiative would send more money to schools and “guarantees the politicians can’t touch it.” Proposition 38, which is being pushed by lawyer Molly Munger, would increase education spending by hiking income taxes on most residents.

The 30-second spot could also ratchet up the tension as Gov. Jerry Brown pushes his own tax initiative, Proposition 30. Although the advertisement doesn’t mention Brown or his campaign, it obliquely refers to politicians who “say unless we send more tax dollars to Sacramento, they’ll cut education again.”

Brown’s plan would increase the sales tax and levies on the state’s wealthiest to pump more money into the budget. He has threatened to cut almost $6 billion from the budget, mostly from public schools, if Proposition 30 doesn’t pass.

California voters have heard the “tax song” over and over again. The POLS waste the money and come back for more.

This time I bet even the LEFT COAST says No to both propositions.

The California economy remains in the doldrums and voters cannot afford to deliver up more to the politicians – no matter what they promise.

Here is the ad:



PPIC Poll: California Proposition 30 in Trouble?


Jerry Brown pointing Yes on California Prposition 30

California Governor Jerry Brown campaigns for Proposition 30 in San Francisco LAT/AP Photo

California Governor Jerry Brown’s pet project, California Proposition 30, or raising taxes to help balance the California State Budget has run into problems according to a new PPIC Poll.

Roughly half of California’s likely voters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, according to a new poll, making its success a tossup less than two months before the election.

The poll, released Wednesday night by the Public Policy Institute of California, said 52% supported the measure, putting passage within the 4.4% margin of error. An additional 40% said they were against the initiative, and 8% said they didn’t know how they would vote.

Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30, would increase the sales tax by a quarter-cent and raise income taxes by 1 to 3 percentage points for residents earning more than $250,000. If the taxes don’t pass, Brown says, there will be almost $6 billion in budget cuts, mostly to public education.

To think that the California Democrats and specifically Governor Jerry Brown have wasted over a year trying to increase taxes on Californians in order to save government over spending. But voters are now resistant.

Go figure.

The California economy has been in the dumper for years and taxes continue to be very high here. What makes Brown or anyone think that Californians want to pay more? Especially, when there is no guarantee that it will help their own lives.

Jerry Brown and his Democratic leadership have miscalculated the mood of voters.

It is time to get back to work and balance the state books without dinging taxpayers once again.

Vote No on Proposition 30!