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Will California voters support Jerry Brown's calls for new taxes?

May 15, 2012 |  2:57 pm

Budget protest

Is California ready for a new round of taxes?

In releasing a revised budget with major cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown is hoping voter will give the state some breathing room by raising taxes in November.

Talk back LABrown warned that the deficit -- now at an estimated  $16 billion -- could grow significantly if voters reject his proposed ballot measure to raise the state sales tax and income levies on the wealthy, according to The Times' Christopher Megerian and Anthony York.

Republicans on Monday sharply criticized Brown for pushing for new taxes.

FULL COVERAGE: Get the latest on the budget battle at PolitiCal.

"We believe this updated proposal is part of the governor's strategy to try and fool Californians into accepting a costly tax increase as a necessary step," said a statement from Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber).

Without the taxes, Brown said, there would be an extra $6.1 billion in cuts. Besides $5.5 billion in reductions in K-12 schools and community colleges, the University of California and California State University systems would be cut by $250 million each. Other popular programs, such as lifeguards at state beaches, would also get the ax.

Brown said he was open to suggestions on better ways to close California's budget gap but said that the state had to live within its means. Anticipating strong reactions to his proposal, he asked for "a modicum of stoicism."

Are you willing to support Brown's tax plan? Or do you support major cuts in services?

Share your views below.


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Photo: Christina Dorame holds a sign that reads "Tax the Kardashians" during a protest of Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget in downtown L.A. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/ Los Angeles Times / May 14, 2012