SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Support is slipping for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, with 48 percent of likely voters saying they favor the proposal to raise the statewide sales tax and increase income taxes on the wealthy, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.
The survey found that 48 percent of likely voters said they support Proposition 30, while 44 percent said they would vote no, and 8 percent were undecided. The Oct. 14-21 survey shows a decrease in support of 4 percentage points and increase in opposition of the same amount since the last poll in September.
The survey has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Brown’s initiative would boost the statewide sales tax by a quarter cent for four years and raise income taxes on people who make more than $250,000 a year for seven years to fund K-12 schools and help balance the state budget.
Support is even lower for a competing initiative that would raise income taxes to directly fund California schools. Proposition 38 had 39 percent support, with 53 percent opposed and 9 percent undecided.
That initiative, backed by wealthy attorney Molly Munger, would raise income taxes on nearly all taxpayers on a sliding scale. The money would go directly to school districts, bypassing the Legislature. MORE……
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