Riding a wave of new tax revenue, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a state spending plan that eliminates the massive deficits of recent years and provides nearly $5 billion more in spending over the previous year.
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown has released a revised state budget that calls for a 5 percent increase in spending over the plan he released in January but said a renewal of expiring tax increases is still needed.
Assembly Republicans released a proposal that seeks to bridge the state’s $15.4 billion deficit in part by making deeper cuts to the poor and asking state workers to take another pay cut equal to 15 percent of their salaries.