Legislative sources say Brown's proposal would raise the sales tax by half a percent. It would also include income tax increases for people earning at least $250,000 a year. The governor isn't discussing it yet, but Senate President Darrell Steinberg is on board:
Steinberg: "What we need to do here is build the broadest coalition possible - that includes business, that includes organized labor, that includes the leadership of this state - that says, we cannot cut higher education or public education or health care or services for the needy anymore."
The taxes would raise about $7 billion - just over half of next year's potential budget deficit. Unlike his strategy earlier this year, Brown won't ask the legislature to place the measure on the ballot. Instead, he'll work with outside groups like unions through the initiative process.