California Healthline: Poll: 55% of Voters Back Brown’s Tax Hike Plan; 40% Back Munger’s Plan

California voters continue to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) compromise tax hike initiative, listed as Proposition 30 on the November ballot, over a rival tax hike plan, according to a new poll by PACE/University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, the San Jose Mercury News reports (Harmon, San Jose Mercury News, 8/23).

The online poll surveyed 1,041 likely voters from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7 (Herdt, Ventura County Star, 8/22).

Details of Tax Hike Plans

Prop. 30 — developed by Brown and supporters of the “Millionaires Tax” — would:

  • Increase the personal income tax by one percentage point for individuals who earn $250,000 annually or couples who earn $500,000 annually and by two percentage points for individuals who earn $300,000 annually or couples who earn $600,000 annually;
  • Extend the income tax increases on wealthy residents from five to seven years; and
  • Increase the sales tax by a quarter of a cent.

The sales tax hike would expire in four years (California Healthline, 8/21).

Proposition 38 — a rival tax hike plan by attorney Molly Munger — would raise income tax for all residents, with highest earners seeing the largest hike.

Most of the revenue would support education programs (California Healthline, 8/17).

Poll Results

Read more: http://bit.ly/TZSMrJ

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