Brown Defends Tax Increase to OC Business Group

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown is defending his ballot proposal to raise taxes, arguing that Californians paid more in taxes in 2009 and 2010 than they would under his plan if it’s approved by voters. The Democratic governor told reporters Thursday after meeting with about 50 business leaders in Orange County that his temporary tax hikes are vital to stabilize the state’s budget and provide sufficient funding for public schools. He referred to previous temporary increases to the sales, income and vehicle taxes that expired last year, saying they were not a burden on Californians. Brown said, “No business I know left town because of it.” Orange County Business Council president Lucy Dunn says Brown made a compelling argument. Her organization supported his attempt last year to extend the expired tax hikes.

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