California voters have approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s measure to temporarily increase the state sales tax by a quarter-cent and income taxes on the wealthy by 1% to 3%, according to the Associated Press.
Brown had warned that if voters rejected the measure, billions of dollars would be cut from public education.
The reductions were written into the budget the governor signed over the summer, scheduled to take effect if Proposition 30 failed.
During the campaign, Brown faced opposition from the left and the right.
On the left, millionaire civil rights attorney Molly Munger pushed her own tax-hike measure, Proposition 38, and criticized the governor’s plan. Her proposition was rejected by California voters.
Meanwhile, anti-tax activists and wealthy conservative donors said the state government could not be trusted with more tax money.
-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento
Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown thanks supporters for their work on his temporary tax-hike initiative, Proposition 30, during an election night party in Sacramento. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press