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Molly Munger pushes Proposition 38 despite blowback

October 8, 2012 |  7:00 am

For Gov. Jerry Brown and his high-stakes campaign to raise taxes, Molly Munger has been the problem that just won't go away

For Gov. Jerry Brown and his high-stakes campaign to raise taxes, Molly Munger has been the problem that just won't go away.

First she wouldn't drop her rival tax initiative. Then she brushed aside concerns from top Democrats who feared a costly campaign war.

Now the millionaire lawyer has pumped $31 million into an effort that's less likely to succeed than to undermine Brown's tax campaign. The full story ran in Saturday's Los Angeles Times.

Brown says his initiative, Proposition 30, is the only way to provide enough tax revenue in the current budget to prevent nearly $6 billion in cuts, mostly to public schools.

But that hasn't deterred Munger from pushing Proposition 38, which would raise income taxes on most Californians to increase funding for schools, early childhood education and debt payments.

In an interview, the longtime education activist said Proposition 38 would have more support if the state's political establishment hadn't circled its wagons.

"A lot of people know we're right," she said. "And a lot of people aren't free to say so."

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-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento
twitter.com/chrismegerian

Photo: Molly Munger talks with reporters about her tax proposal earlier this year. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

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