Barbra Streisand backs Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure
Barbra Streisand has a new cause: Proposition 30.
The singer, actress and philanthropist wrote a $5,000 check to support Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure last week, joining other Hollywood notables, including movie director Rob Reiner.
Brown has said the initiative, which would temporarily hike upper income and state sales taxes, is necessary to close California's deficit and avoid steep cuts to public schools and universities.
The film industry is behind him. Studios, including Warner Bros., Fox and Disney, have contributed at least $700,000 to the governor's campaign committee, according to records filed with the secretary of state's office.
Brown has yet to decide whether to sign one of the industry's top priorities: a bill that would extend a $200-million tax credit for film and television productions.
Meanwhile, another one of the governor's biggest allies also chipped in last week. The California Teachers Assn. contributed more than $2.2 million to the Proposition 30 campaign.
--Michael J. Mishak in Sacramento
Photo: Barbra Streisand in the movie "Little Fockers," the third installment of the blockbuster series. Credit: Universal Studios