Tax Initiative will Dominate Brown Agenda in 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown will deliver his vision for addressing California’s fiscal problems during his State of the State address, setting the stage for a yearlong battle over tax increases. The Democratic governor on Wednesday will open the second year of his latest term by making the case for higher taxes to fund schools, universities, public safety and other services. Earlier this month, Brown released a proposed spending plan that cuts welfare and health services while seeking voter approval for temporary increases to the sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy. Anti-tax advocates predict votes will reject the call for tax increases unless lawmakers enact long-term restraints on state spending. They say that should start with reforms to the public pension system, which is underfunded by at least $75 billion.

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