Anti-Tax Activists Gearing Up for November Showdown
Anti-tax activists are getting ready for a major battle this fall, trying to defeat Governor Brown's tax measure on the November ballot. If Brown’s initiative passes in November, it would raise about $9 billion in the first year, with a mix of sales taxes and higher income tax rates on Californians who earn more than $250,000 and significant increases on those who earn $1 million or more.
Jon Coupal heads the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and a new group working to defeat the plan. Coupal says that California voters have rejected the last eight tax proposals on the ballot, and that they are unlikely to pass either Governor Brown’s initiative or a competing initiative funded by activist Molly Munger and supported by the California PTA.
Coupal says California voters are pro-government, “but they're tired of being lied to, and they want government that is far more efficient than it is right now.”
But Governor Brown says that without the new taxes, he'll have to make further deep cuts to K-12 education, as well as to budgets for state colleges and universities.