Two weeks after being sworn in as San Francisco mayor in 2004, Gavin Newsom found himself sitting in the the U.S. Capitol gallery watching then-President George W. Bush tell the nation that a constitutional change defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman might be needed.
California Governor Jerry Brown faces his first legislative defeat this year as he races against time to persuade at least four Republican lawmakers to support a June ballot measure on extending tax increases.
With the passage of the first voter- backed statewide tax increase in eight years, Californians sent a clear signal they are tired of failing schools, gridlocked roads and the deterioration over the past decade of the state’s reputation as a standard bearer.
Californians have shown a penchant for rolling back taxes at the ballot box, a history Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest Web retailer, may be banking on to repeal a law aimed at forcing it to collect state sales levies.
California Governor Jerry Brown and his allies are readying a ballot measure asking voters to boost income and sales taxes to offset a budget deficit, said a legislative aide with knowledge of the plan.
Just over half of California’s likely voters support Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to boost income taxes on those making $250,000 or more and raise sales levies to help balance state spending, according to a new poll.