High-speed rail may sink tax plan
July 6, 2012
UPDATE July 7: The state senate Friday approved the high-speed rail project without a vote to spare, sending the bill to the governor for his signature.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative has a lot of support among California voters, but its potential success in November is jeopardized if state lawmakers approve $2.7 billion high speed rail project, according to a new Field Poll.
At least 20 percent of those who now say they are willing to support the Brown tax initiative would not do so if the rail system gets the green light from legislators.
The taxing measure, which would temporarily hike state income taxes for those making more than $250,000 annually, has a current favorable rating of 54 percent, compared to 38 percent opposed.
“These are people who generally agree that the state needs more tax money, but are concerned that if the state has the money for high-speed rail, they have a question as to whether the taxes are really needed,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll.