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(CA) Gov. Brown presents tax hike proposal to voters
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Source: SF Chron

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday unveiled his plan to raise billions of dollars in new tax revenue to aid public education and guarantee funding for local law enforcement agencies that have taken over some state public safety duties.

The governor filed a ballot initiative with the attorney general that would raise taxes on the top income earners in the state as well as raise the state sales tax by half a cent. Both would expire in January 2017, and Brown warned of further cuts to state services if voters reject the proposal in the election in November.

"The stark truth is that without new tax revenues, we will have no other choice but to make deeper and more damaging cuts to schools, universities, public safety and our courts," Brown wrote in an "open letter to the people of California" that was posted on his website and e-mailed to supporters.

He recounted some of the events of his first year in office, including his coming into office facing a $26 billion deficit, significant budget cuts and his inability to persuade Republicans to put a tax measure on the ballot earlier this year.

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