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Jon Stewart impressed by approval of tax hikes in California

November 9, 2012 |  9:38 am


On Thursday night's episode of "The Daily Show," comedian Jon Stewart turned his attention from the presidential race to California for a few quick jabs at Golden State politics.

Stewart said elections are not only about "who gets to run naked through the White House in the middle of the night," but also about a raft of policy questions on the ballot.

"If you're talking ballot initiatives, you gotta talk California, a state that loves referendums even more than it likes putting avocado on things that really avocados don't belong on," he said.

Stewart started with Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to raise the sales tax by a quarter-cent and increase income tax rates for the wealthy. If voters had rejected the plan, there would have been nearly $6 billion in cuts, mostly to public schools.

Stewart said, in more colorful language than can be used here, that passage of the tax increases  was evidence that California has decided "it wants to start paying for some of the [stuff] that they do."

"My baby's growing up!" he added.


Jerry Brown confident of Proposition 30 victory

Assembly speaker confident he has a two-thirds majority

Brown found path to Prop 30. victory in a divided California

-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento

Photo: Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show." Credit: Brad Barket / Associated Press