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Phil Matier: Republicans Derailing Gov. Brown’s Ballot Plans

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) - Governor Jerry Brown has threatened to place his tax measure on the ballot without Republican support. It’s not what the governor wanted, but he may be forced to, according to KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier.

”He’s up against the clock if he wants to get this idea of extending taxes on a June ballot,” said Matier.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Comments:

Because Brown doesn’t have the Republican votes to get that tax measure on the ballot, he may use Democrats to push it through on a simple majority. Matier said that there is a question as to whether that technique would hold up in court however.

There is also a chance that the state leaders could take a time out of sorts, and come back to try again in November.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

A recent poll shows that more than 50 percent of California voters would approve a tax increase extension to help out the troubled state.

“Voters might go for an extension because you’re already paying it, it’s already coming out of your wallet and you’ve learned to live with it. It’s one thing to say that you’re going to continue paying to avoid cuts in education, but it’s another thing when you talk about new taxes,” said Matier.

Matier said that if Brown does wait until November and uses the initiative process it’s likely that new taxes could be tacked on as well at that point.

”Jerry’s got to A: get his plan through the legislature, and B: he’s got to sell it to voters, and they are not in a great mood for taxes,” said Matier. “He was hoping to do this fast, to have it on the ballot and be done with it by the end of the month. Instead, he’s stalled on the 50-yard-line, and I’m not sure what the next play is going to be.”

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