Gov. Jerry Brown to hit the road for Prop. 30
After a six-week absence from the campaign trail, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to hit the road this week to promote his signature tax initiative, Proposition 30.
On Tuesday, Brown is set to speak at a rally with UCLA students.
The governor's proposal would levy a four-year, quarter-cent rise in the state sales tax and a seven-year hike in income tax rates for those who make more than $250,000. If it fails, the UC and Cal State systems each could face $250 million in midyear budget cuts that officials say would lead to substantial fee increases for the winter and spring terms.
The rally marks a return to the hustings for Brown, who hasn't held a campaign event for his tax initiative since Aug. 30.
It also comes as his plan faces attacks from two sides -- from the formal No on 30 campaign and from backers of another tax plan, Proposition 38, financed by Molly Munger. On Monday, Munger announced that she was pulling the critical spot.
Polls show Proposition 30 clinging to a narrow lead, but those surveys were taken before the ads against Brown’s proposal began to air.
--Michael J. Mishak in Sacramento
Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown kicks off his campaign for Proposition 30, a November ballot initiative that would temporarily increase sales and income taxes, during a visit to New Technology High School in Sacramento, Calif. in August. Credit: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli