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.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown said there are “positive signs” in negotiations with Republicans on a $9.3 billion tax referendum, the cornerstone of his plan to balance the budget of the most populous state.
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.
California Governor Jerry Brown ’s State of the State speech tonight will pitch an “austere” $84.6 billion spending plan that’s drawn criticism from mayors, Republicans and advocates for higher education -- much like his “no-nonsense” first budget in 1975, one-seventh the size.
Almost three-quarters of Californians say the state doesn’t spend enough on higher education, according to a new survey, even as revenue forecasts raise the likelihood of more cuts to colleges and universities.