SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 03: Jerry Brown pauses as he delivers remarks after he was sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California on January 3, 2011 in Sacramento, California. Jerry Brown will begin his third term as California's governor 28 years after serving his last term. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jerry Brown
The great philosopher (and sometimes baseball player) Yogi Berra once said, "It's not over until it's over."
Certainly, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown must be thinking as much with respect to the latest poll numbers regarding his temporary tax ballot measure scheduled for a November vote. The statewide survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) now finds that 68 percent of those surveyed support the governor's proposal, up from 60 percent just a few weeks ago.
Several factors account for growing voter support, among them:
Proponents of the temporary tax increases are hardly out of the woods. Two competing revenue proposals could easily confuse voters to the point that the pro-tax vote falls apart. Competing proposals often have that effect on the electorate. To that end, Brown's next task is to convince the other groups to drop out and fall into line behind his proposal.
Additionally, the voters have plenty of time to change their minds for any number of reasons ranging from a reversal of the economy to a well-funded fight from the anti-tax opposition.
No, the temporary tax issue is far from over. That said, the latest poll shows that the governor's proposal may stick.