Gov. Brown calls Prop. 30 victory start of a national movement
Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday the passage of Proposition 30 last week was the beginning of a national movement to increase taxes on the wealthy.
Repeating the message of his campaign stump speech, Brown told CNN’s Candy Crowley that Congress should heed President Obama’s call to raise taxes on those with an income of $250,000 or more -- similar to the new levies approved by California voters.
“Those who have been blessed the most, who have disproportionately extracted, by whatever skill, more and more from the national wealth, they're going to have to share more of that," Brown said.
The Democratic governor said the California vote was indicative of the coming national zeitgeist, just as state voters began a national tax revolt with the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978.
"I was here in 1978, when Howard Jarvis beat the entire establishment, Republican and Democrat, because the property taxes had just gotten out of control. Now the cutting, the cutting and the deficits are out of control.”
Just as California voters faced billions in trigger cuts if Proposition 30 had failed, federal officials are facing a series of automatic cuts and tax increases if they cannot work out a compromise on federal spending before the end of the year.
--Anthony York in Sacramento