On Monday, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association launched its second radio advertisement campaign against Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) compromise tax hike initiative, listed as Proposition 30 on the November ballot, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports (Siders , "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 8/20).
Details of Prop. 30
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, 8/17).
HJTA's ad suggests that Prop. 30 supporters are threatening to cut money from schools if residents do not agree to a tax hike.
Brown has characterized the election as a choice between higher taxes and $5.4 billion in cuts to schools and community colleges.
The ad also criticizes pay raises given to 900 legislative workers this year (Siders ,"Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 8/20).
Nurses Union Criticizes Prop. 30 Opponents
On Tuesday, the California Nurses Association will stage a public skit at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco criticizing opponents of Prop. 30.
Michael Lighty, a CNA spokesperson, said that the skit's imagery is intended to "discourage others from contributing" to efforts against Prop. 30 (Siders , "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 8/20).