Public Policy Institute of California

The floor of the California Assembly during a recent session. (Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

Changes To California’s Election System Produced More Competitive Races, Record Turnover

For the first time, California had an open primary system in which the top two candidates, regardless of party, advanced to November. And they ran in districts drawn by a nonpartisan commission instead of by lawmakers protecting their own safe seats.


Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Brown Ratchets Up Prop. 30 Campaign As Support Slips

California Gov. Jerry Brown is intensifying his campaign to pass Proposition 30, which has fallen below 50 percent support for the first time according to the latest statewide poll.


Gov. Jerry Brown

Support Slips For Gov. Brown’s Tax Measure, But Voters Oppose Cuts

A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California finds support is slipping for Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative.


Gov. Jerry Brown

Poll Finds Slim Majority Favoring Gov. Brown Tax Hike

The Public Policy Institute of California survey found that 54 percent of likely voters are inclined to vote yes on the proposed tax hike, which has two months to qualify for the ballot, while 39 percent are opposed.


California Governor Jerry Brown. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Poll Shows Californians Cooling To Governor Brown’s Tax Initiative

Even though most Californians think the budget remains a big problem, just a slim majority of likely voters say they support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative for the November ballot, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.


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Poll Finds California Voters Support Brown’s Tax Plan

California voters overwhelmingly support Governor Jerry Brown’s call for higher taxes to help pay for education.


Gov. Jerry Brown

Poll: Majority Of California Voters Support Brown Tax Plan

A poll shows a majority of likely voters support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to increase taxes on the wealthy and raise the statewide sales tax to stave off education cuts.


California Governor Jerry Brown

Poll: Californians Want Budget Say, But Disapprove Brown Plan

A new survey shows a strong majority of California voters want a say on the state budget but disagree with Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax proposal.

CBS San Francisco–06/01/2011

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Poll: Californians Back Special Election, Tax Hikes For Wealthy

Most Californians support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to solve the budget deficit through a mix of spending cuts and higher taxes, but they want the state’s richest residents to bear the brunt of tax increases.



Study Finds California Offers Unexpectedly Business-Friendly Environment

When it comes to creating a favorable climate for business, California’s natural environment may be more important than the regulatory one created by state lawmakers, according to new research.