California Governor Jerry Brown wants his tax initiative to be
the only one on the November 2012 ballot. Backers of
competing tax initiatives want the same thing for
theirs. That raises questions of whether voters could
face more than one tax measure next year - and whether that could
spell defeat for them all.
The governor says he's trying to clear the field so there
aren't too many tax measures on the ballot.
Brown: "If it creates chaos and
confusion, that could be difficult. And I certainly would
like to avoid doubling the cuts, which will be the result if my tax
So he's talking with the groups behind some of the other
Brown: "I think one of the
groups seems favorably inclined."
The rest, Brown says, he'll have to keep working on. The
governor is proposing an income tax increase on individuals making
at least 250-thousand dollars a year … and a half-cent bump in the
sales tax. But Rick Jacobs with the Courage Campaign isn't
sold. He's with a coalition of progressive groups backing an
income tax hike on California millionaires.
Jacobs: "This is the one that
has the best chance of passing and this is the one that fits the
mood and the need of the state right now."
As for whether Jacobs and his coalition would consider pulling
their tax measure off the ballot if the governor asked?
Jacobs: "I guess you might ask
the question of whether the governor would stand down if we ask him
Republican political consultant Rob Stutzman thinks Brown's
tax initiative has a shot next year - if it's on its own.
Stutzman: "The concern they need
to have is that the voters just see multiple tax increases, don't
really differentiate one from the other and just take a general
anti-tax attitude towards everything that they're
In all, there are about a half-dozen tax measures that have
been announced or submitted to the attorney general's office.