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Tax Day Focus Is On Brown’s November Initiative

Aired 4/17/12 on KPBS News.

On this year’s Tax Day, the conversation in California is all about Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed November initiative.

On this year’s Tax Day, the conversation in California is all about Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed November initiative.

Anti-tax activists from across the state gathered in Sacramento today for a summit and training session with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. They oppose Brown’s measure and two others that could be voted on this fall.

And Brown himself has this message for Californians on the day federal and state income tax returns are due. “I will hope that people not only pay their taxes but they will take into account my proposal to increase taxes very modestly in addition to the massive cuts that we’re forced by the economy and by the lack of funds that we have to make," said Brown.

The governor’s political team is scrambling to gather enough signatures to qualify his sales and income tax increase for the November ballot.

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