Brown’s tax plan faltering

October 25, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown

With polls showing support slipping for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure, Prop. 30, the state’s chief executive yesterday raised the threat of a $6 billion cut to California education in the event voters reject the temporary tax increases. (Ventura Star)

“There’s no more money sitting around,” Brown told reporters.

The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California this week had support for the measure at 48 percent compared to 44 percent opposition, a virtual tie.

It was the first time any poll has shown backing for the increase decline below 50 percent.

An earlier agreement between Brown and lawmakers would keep school spending at its current level only if Prop. 30 passes. Otherwise, built-in budget cuts would trigger, costing K-12 education more than $5.5 million, and public colleges and universities another $500 million.

Brown called the trigger “on or off” depending entirely on voters’ decision on the tax measure.

The proposal would levy a seven-year tax increase for couples earning $500,000 or more, and a one-quarter percent hike in the state sales tax for a four-year period. According to the governor, that would amount to one penny on the purchase of a four-dollar sandwich.


Thank you Chancellor Greed for all the high administative raises and wasting of tax payers money on feeding your big fat mouth you have implented on the CSU making the rest of state workers look like a bunch of greedy scum when the majority of us are just trying to survive.


“There’s no more money sitting around,” Brown told reporters Gee Gov Brown, did you already spend the 54 million the parks department hid?


Giving more money to Gov. Brown is like shoveling fleas across the barnyard; less than half will go where it’s supposed to.


Brown may not be perfect but this is mostly the legislature’s fault. Put the blame where it belongs.

Theo P. Neustic

If Proposition 30 passes, California will have the highest income taxes of all 50 states, and its already secure ranking as the state with the highest sales tax will become more secure. California spends three times more per capita on social welfare programs than it should, based on national per capita averages. It doesn’t need more revenue, it needs more disciplined spending.

The Gimlet Eye

Yep. That will do a lot for the “recovery,” won’t it?

I wonder whether Lois Capps could weigh in on this? She has all the answers, doesn’t she?


This is one of the reasons I won’t vote for ANY new taxes until they fix this –

CA Gov’t to Spend 37% MORE for Illegal Alien Education -

Illegal Immigration Costs California $10.5 Billion Annually

Tax Credits for Illegal Aliens – $4.2 billion


Thanks for the links.

I agree that these are huge problems but the unfortunate truth is that the Feds have stuck us with many of them via their unwillingness to control illegal immigration. The state hasn’t done as much as it should to solve the problems either but that can be rationalized to some extent by the argument that it is better to have these children of undocumented aliens in school than on the streets since we can’t effectively remove them from the country.

It is interesting to note in one article that Gov. Brown was actually trying to reduce some of the costs of the ESL programs but was stymied by opposition in the legislature. That must be hard to accept for the right-wing partisans that want to be able to paint all Democrats as “irresponsible radical socialists.”


Why do the leftists hate education so much? Why are education, public safety, and infrastructure the areas that leftists cut spending? They simply have wrong priorities. Please vote no on this tax increase and vote out all the leftists that prioritize education, public safety, and infrastructure for spending cuts.


They do it because they know how many people will freak out and give in to the extortion of a threat to education. How about axing some of these ridiculous regulatory agencies: air quality resource board, etc. It’s time to make your voice heard, vote against the tax and then make alot of noise about cutting from the fat, not the muscle.

Theo P. Neustic

Exactly. It’s fear mongering and extortion all rolled into one.


Why give the addict more drugs?

Time to go cold turkey and make some meaningful changes. Vote no on 30 & 38


Why give the addict more drugs?


That’s about the best way to describe it too. No matter how much you give the State they will spend it and another 30%. It’s been proven over and over at both the state and Federal level.

The Gimlet Eye

Of course they will. Spending is what they are all about, that and CONTROL. A reduction in spending means LESS power for them. They are not about to acquiesce to a reduction in their power!

Anthony V. Toscano

I voted NO on Prop. 30, but not just because money will not solve the public school system’s problems. Rather, my main reason for voting NO is that the public education system — including the teachers’ unions and the government bureaucrats who control the system — refuse to define, in a clear and honest way, the very problems they seek to solve. Our society — over the course of many years — has come to expect our educational institutions to contend with: academics, drug abuse, immigration, poverty, teenage pregnancy, violence, parental indifference, and outright resistance to participation in the classroom on the part of some students. If education bureaucrats admit that the system they run cannot contend with — much less solve — all of these societal ills, then they risk cutting off their own tax revenue feet. So instead they continue to create so-called new programs that they claim are making a significant dent in the “education gap” between the rich and the poor. Inside this county I have met no teacher whom I do not admire for that person’s sense of dedication. But in large, urban school districts throughout this country I’ve met far too many teachers who were less than effective inside the classroom. I don’t blame them for their faults; I own too many faults of my own to make room for becoming any other person’s judge. Still, friends, when you send new teachers into poverty-stricken, oftentimes violent, schools inside discouraged neighborhoods, you cannot expect the “best and brightest” to stick it out for long. If we want solutions — not repetitive band aids that do nothing more than extend the status quo — then we must first all agree on what the not-so-mysterious problems are.

Mr. Holly

Great post.


Seems reasonable when people found out Gov Brown stole the mortage fraud settlement money to patch his faulty budget. Maybe there is hope for the taxpayer

Mr. Holly

Faltering like everything else in Sacramento. Money is not the answer to a “fix”. Additional funding will only prolong the existing problems and even make them worse than they already are.

STOP spending is the only thing that is going to save California, that and all of the regulatory laws that are in place to drive businesses out of the state.

The voters do have an opportunity to fix the problem. Vote no on any tax increase.

The Gimlet Eye

Government is faltering, period. It’s time for ROLL BACK, people! The absolute minimum that it takes.

The Gimlet Eye


Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse, by Thomas Woods.