Gov. Jerry Brown continued to press his case for Proposition 30 on Friday, telling a coalition of business leaders in Burbank that if the tax measure fails, K-12 and higher education will be hit with billions of dollars in funding cuts.
Proposition 30 would implement a quarter-cent hike in the state sales tax for four years and a seven-year increase in income taxes for those making more than $250,000 a year. The measure has been clinging to a narrow lead in the polls ahead of the Nov. 6 election, but it faces renewed opposition on the airwaves.
Speaking at the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn.’s Business Forecast Conference at the Burbank Airport Marriott, Brown called out a “secret donation” of $11 million this week from “shadowy forces” in Arizona to a small business committee to fight Prop. 30 and support Proposition 32, an initiative that would ban unions and corporations from contributing directly to candidates.