Brown down, tax plan up

May 24, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown’s popularity is slipping, but support for his tax initiative proposal is gaining traction . [Sacramento Bee]

Poll results from the Public Policy Institute of California show that for the first time since taking office, Brown’s approval rating is down — 43 percent of those questioned disapprove of the way he’s doing his job, and 42 percent approve. That’s down five percentage points from just last month.

The dip appears to be tied to the governor’s announcement last week that the budget deficit in this state has risen to $15.7 billion.

Voters likely to go to the polls in November continue to appear supportive of Brown’s tax-hike plan, however, by a large margin — 56 percent to 38 percent. If passed, the initiative would raise state sales taxes and income taxes on the state’s highest earners.

“There are things that, as governor, you don’t have any control over, and in particular the economy seems to have either stalled or worse over the last few months,” poll director Mark Baldassare said. “People are getting worried again.”


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8 Comments

  1. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Anybody heard anything about this?

    CA CAFR shows $600 billion tax surplus, 1% criminals cover-up, demand ‘austerity’

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/05/ca-cafr-shows-600-billion-tax-surplus-1-criminals-cover-up-demand-austerity.html

    (1) 3 Total Votes - 2 up - 1 down
  2. The Gimlet Eye says:

    Government has betrayed young people with its continuous meddling in the economy. The future is cloudy because of the endless stimulus plans, high taxation, and overregulation by government busybodies. The Federal Reserve continuously prints money, bailing out bankrupt businesses, allowing these capital wasters to destroy the resources that could spur job growth.

    The Fed-induced booms and busts have decimated the retirement savings of older Americans, at the same time that price inflation keeps those hoping to retire from saving enough. Instead, they must remain on the job rather than enjoy retirement, denying positions to young people.

    The worst of it is, Ben Bernanke has every intention of making matters worse. He believes it when people call him the foremost authority on the Great Depreciation. The Fed chairman believes he must flood the world with money to eradicate deflation. He holds the dangerous notion in his head that he knows just the right amount of money to inject and just the proper interest rate to fix in order to centrally plan the economy.

    (13) 23 Total Votes - 18 up - 5 down
  3. The Gimlet Eye says:

    I also oppose any tax increases. What’s to stop the bureaucrats from putting us right back into the same position of “crises” as we were before? They will do NO GOOD.

    (19) 33 Total Votes - 26 up - 7 down
  4. danika says:

    I am not supporting any tax increase and openly disagree with our Governor.

    (33) 45 Total Votes - 39 up - 6 down
  5. cheseburger says:

    “Voters likely to go to the polls in November continue to appear supportive of Brown’s tax-hike plan, however, by a large margin — 56 percent to 38 percent. If passed, the initiative would raise state sales taxes and income taxes on the state’s highest earners.”

    Tax the rich and feed the poor before the EAT YOU!

    (-17) 31 Total Votes - 7 up - 24 down
  6. SLOBIRD says:

    If Gov Brown would have used correct figures to start with, not made assumptions that everything was going to turnaround and dump a windfall on California we would have had this number to start with. I read an article the other day that our legislators are looking everywhere for any money to solve this because they do not want to cut anything – benefits, pay, social services, etc. This $15.2 would be $2 B higher but Gov Brown already calculated Mr. Zuckerberg (sp ?) of Facebook IPO tax contribution to California. He took a portion of the Federal Foreclosure Bank Settlement that California got ($26 B) and applied it to the State Budget already. Every fund, program, proposition, initiative, transportation gas revenue, etc. is already being used to balance the budget. IT IS NOT SUBSTANTIBLE AND YET THEY ONLY WANT TO INCREASE TAXES, INCREASE TAXES, INCREASE TAXES with no long term solutions. Shut down all government for six months except services: police, fire, water, sewer and learn out the system. We worry about pollution and the worst of it in this State is in government coffiers.

    (33) 45 Total Votes - 39 up - 6 down
    • oceanoguy says:

      Bravo!

      (19) 23 Total Votes - 21 up - 2 down
    • The Gimlet Eye says:

      Gov Brown never had the “correct figures” in the first place, and is incapable of getting them. In fact, he doesn’t have the slightest idea what they might be.

      I agree that we are going to have to have a radical reduction in the size of gov in CA.

      (18) 26 Total Votes - 22 up - 4 down

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