California Gov. Jerry Brown pushes tax hikes
February 1st, 2011
08:35 AM ET
11 years ago

California Gov. Jerry Brown pushes tax hikes

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Californians should decide whether they want to pay $12 billion more in taxes to help plug the state's massive budget shortfall, Gov. Jerry Brown said on Monday.

In his State of the State address, Brown urged legislators to put his plan to extend income and sales tax hikes on the ballot in a special election in June. If they don't, the governor said the state will see even harsher spending cuts than the $12.5 billion he is proposing.


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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    That's a good start – ASK the people!! If they DON'T agree with hiking taxes then CUT, CUT, CUT, CUT!!! That way – no one has a reason to COMPLAIN!!

    We as Americans know what is needed to get us FULLY back on the right path. We also know what it takes to WTF and create JOBS!! We ALL have a budget and LIVE by it or we will not be able to make ends meet. The government has to do the same. If you DON'T know this, then you are living under a ROCK!! If you're not willing to have your taxes increased – then accept the OTHER alternatives.... Period!

    I had to give up 2% of my salary to keep my job... We may have to do it again this year.... that's a SACRIFICE but I still have a job and that, along with the stimulus last year, MANY were able to KEEP THEIR JOBS!!!

    Let's support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD in order to WTF!!!

    February 1, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am sure that the 'something for nothing' republicans will be outraged, but not as outraged as I am that a FL right wingnut activist judge gave his ruling against health reform, which sets up the groundwork for the repeal of social security, medicare and medicaid. Its that mandate thing. Way to go, you scum sucking job killers.

    February 1, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Willa-PA

    Taxes are what keeps us afloat and budgets in the black. What is a few dollars out of a paycheck to make sure states/country can do what it needs to, to make our lives better. I know people in Europe that live good life and go at least 1 to 2 times a year with 2-3 weeks at a time on vacation to far off places and it is no skin of their backs. Yes, they pay high taxes though still live a good life. A little bit of socialistic, if that is what you want to call it, tendencies makes it better for about 90% of us while the rich can still get rich. Freedom is what you make of it, we still will still be the best country in the world and even better if it takes care of its people.

    February 1, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. gt

    i wonder how much money that could be saved in california if they deported all the crimnals back to there orginal countries ...

    February 1, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. terry, va

    With all the liberal and immoral things that go on in CA, who cares if they go bankrupt and fall into the ocean.

    February 1, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Tim

    Why don't all the Californian's simply give their enitre paycheck over to the state, and wait for the bread and water to be delivered. Except for the hollywood elite of course.

    February 1, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    How can you not love this guy, Jerry Brown, the man keeps his word, no new taxes without voter approval, so we'll get to vote on it. Don't let the Republicans spin this any other way than it is.

    February 1, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. diridi

    somewhere you got to generate income...why don't you decrease corporate taxes, so that you get companies back to California, and produce more Agriculture products, and export. California has fertile soil......with every thing....this way, people have jobs, and pay more never bothers them, because, they get money from some source....o.k, it is good....

    February 1, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Hey Moonbeam...

    Do what you have to do to fix your pathetic state. Just don't expect the rest of the country to bail you out.

    The Other 49

    February 1, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    I give Brown a great deal of credit . . . he at least isn't running around the country trying to get his name heard to appease his ego.

    How many of the newly elected Republican Governors have no idea how to handle their own states knee deep debt and are now proposing bankruptcy as a viable means to dig their states out - rather than initiate programs which could help bring in needed revenue? These are the same folks who sat back and watched the jobs market, revenue growth, and economic collapse happen in 2007 without a hint of indignation for those whose decisions ultimately created the collapse. The solution: declare state bankruptcy and start the ball rolling once again toward the same direction that created the problem.

    February 1, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Black Bastard

    Thats it good bye california it was fun while it lasted now does anybody agree that good weather is overrated

    February 1, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. rs

    Gee, Mr. Brown, can you talk to Jan Brewer (Palin plus 20), our nutty Governor in Arizona? See, she is committing sick people to death to save cash. She doesn't get that cutting taxes only makes the budget worse....

    February 1, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Anybody actually surprised? Congrats Cali! Enjoy the next 4 years!

    February 1, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Gov. Moonbeam is 100% correct. Suck it up're the ones who keep voting for GOPers so they can allow the rich and corporate special interests to suck the middle-class dry while expanding the wealth gap. Since 1979, the top 2% has seen something like a 285% increase in their income, wealth and assets while the middle-class barely saw a 25% increase. Trickle-down poverty/servitude is the name of the game. Now we get to pay for it while the rich and corporate special interests live high on the hog and enjoy their tax cuts and tax loopholes. Have fun filling out your 1040EZ Forms while wondering why it is that you, who have no substantial investments and real estate holdings, are simply paying your tax percentage, while the wealthy and corporations fill out their complicated tax forms containing all sorts of deductions and that you don't get that are given to them for owning massive investments and real estate holdings...all so they don't really end up paying the tax rate that's assigned to them. And yet they then complain about taxes and the tax code....AND YOU BUY IT HOOK LINE AND SINKER! Kudos, lemmings.

    February 1, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Inmyopinion

    I don't really see why he's taking this route of increasing taxes on the people or slashing programs that will impact the lower income when Hollywood stars have fought for the wealthy to pay more taxes thus making all Hollywood stars prime candidates for paying higher taxes to get California out of their budget disaster.
    Bottom line, Hollywood Stars/Celebrities want to pay more taxes, wealthy Californians want to pay more taxes, California is loaded with them then Governor Brown give them what they want, have them start paying higher taxes immediately. The good thing is that they all have the cash $$$$$$$ available immediately. They can get California out of this budget mess in a few weeks.
    Imagine how much money $$$$ Michael Moore, Al Gore, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Charlie Sheen, Kate Hudson, Harrison Ford, etc.....could write a check for to get California out of this mess!!!!

    February 1, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. New Age Independant

    ROFL @ California voters!

    February 1, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |