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California Governor Kicks Off Campaign To Raise Taxes

Aired 8/16/12 on KPBS News.

California Governor Jerry Brown kicked off his campaign for tax increases at a Sacramento high school today.

California Governor Jerry Brown kicked off his campaign for tax increases at a Sacramento high school today.

He says Proposition 30 is the only way to avoid billions of dollars in cuts to schools and higher education.

The measure would increase sales taxes by a quarter cent for four years and increase taxes for seven years on those who make over $250,000 annually.

The Democratic Governor quoted the bible when giving a reason for wealthy Californians to support it. “To those who much as been given, much will be required, I quote Luke in the Gospels and what was good 2000 years ago is good today.”

The campaign for Proposition 38, the tax measure backed by wealthy attorney Molly Munger, says its measure does more for public schools.

They called the Governor’s press conference good stagecraft.

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