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Democrat Heavyweights Final Push for Prop. 30

If you ask these guys, the future of the state lies in the outcome of Proposition 30

By Cheryl Hurd
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 9:43 AM PDT
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The measure would temporarily raise the state's sales tax by 0.25  percent and increase income taxes for residents making more than $250,000 per  year. Cheryl Hurd reports.

The measure would temporarily raise the state's sales tax by 0.25 percent and increase income taxes for residents making more than $250,000 per year. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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The push for Yes on Proposition 30 is in its final hours.

Gov. Jerry Brown made a last minute swing in San Francisco for a rally that included a lot of big political names like Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Ed Lee, John Burton and former Mayor Willie Brown.

Prop. 30 is a tax measure on the California ballot to fund education. It would temporarily raise the state's sales tax by 0.25 percent and increase income taxes for residents making more than $250,000 per year.

The revenue from the measure would be used in part to fund K-12 education and community colleges, which have seen sharp cuts in recent years.

"The people of California care about their kids. They care about schools. They care about the future. Yes on 30,"Brown said.

If you listen to the governor, you would think voting yes means all the money would go to help public schools and college funding, but if it passes, a lot of the money will also go toward prisons and medical care.

 Not everyone is in favor of Prop. 30 of course.

David Spady is the California State director for Americans for Prosperity and says Gov. Brown didn't have to tie Prop 30 to education.

"It’s a false choice to say it’s either education funding or these cuts," Spady said. "It was tied to education because obviously that was the best way to convince voters to go along with this tax increase.”

Brown has been campaigning hard for Proposition 30, which needs majority approval to pass, as recent polls have shown support for the measure hovering right around the 50 percent mark.

A statewide poll released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 48 percent approved of the measure while 44 percent would vote no and 8 percent were undecided.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

 

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