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Support is dropping for a budget saving plan proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown. The plan would hike taxes to bolster the state's chronic budget shortfall.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Proposition 30 would increase taxes for people earning more than $250,000 per year and add a quarter-cent increase to the state sales tax. Polls now show that voters with no political preference are walking away from the measure and intend to vote against it.
Only 46 percent of voters now support the measure while 42 percent actively oppose it.
To save his proposal, and to protect against further, painful budget cuts, Governor Brown is hitting the campaign trail to talk about Prop 30 and what it means for Californians.
Opposition claims are grounded in the accusation that the state cannot manage the money it currently has, while supporters say without the help further steep cuts would have to be made in areas such as education, police, and fire.
Analysts say another competing proposition, 38, which raises taxes specifically for schools, is also siphoning support from the governor's proposal. However, prop 30 supporters also say the measure would cost schools dearly If it is not passed.
The governor has threatened further cuts to education if prop 30 is defeated.
Schools in California have been underfunded and overcrowded for several years as California plunges deeper into fiscal crisis.
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