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Democrats Push Top Billing For Governor’s Tax Hike

Democratic lawmakers are moving a bill that could give the governor's tax initiative top billing on California's November ballot.

Senate Democrats introduced SB1039 as part of budget implementing language they plan to send Gov. Jerry Brown by Wednesday.

The bill would require bond measures and constitutional amendments appear on the ballot ahead of other initiatives and referendums.

That would place Brown's tax hike on state sales and upper-income earners ahead of a competing tax hike proposal by wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger.

It would also help the governor's initiative stand out in a crowded ballot. So far 11 measures have qualified.

A water bond proposal is currently first but it is expected to be delayed by the Legislature.

Brown's tax is temporary but includes constitutional changes to local funding.

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