Support for Jerry Brown's California tax plan fading fast. Where do you stand?
While a new poll shows Californians in general like Jerry Brown, support is slipping for his plan to extend some taxes to help balance the state's budget.
The Times' Anthony York reports that support for Brown's plan has fallen below 50%:
A new survey from the independent Public Policy Institute of California shows that 46% of likely California voters back Brown's call for a five-year extension on some sales, income and vehicle taxes to help balance the state's books. Just two months ago, 53% of voters surveyed by PPIC said they would approve of the taxes.
The public appetite for a special election also seems to be on the wane. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they wanted one; in January, two-thirds said they welcomed an opportunity to vote on Brown's proposal. The governor promised voters during his campaign last year that they could sign off on any tax hikes. The survey suggests that even if Brown manages to hold a special election, selling the taxes to the public will not be easy. Ballot measures with less than 50% support before a campaign begins typically fail.
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Photo: Jerry Brown stumps for tax plan. Credit: Associated Press