Sacramento, CA — California voters will likely be asked this November whether to extend the Proposition 30 tax increases.
Prop 30 was approved by voters in 2012, at the urging of Governor Jerry Brown, to help the state fund schools during the recession. The ballot measure increased the sales tax rate from 7.25% to 7.5%. In addition, income tax rates were increased for earners making over $250,000. Proposition 30 is scheduled to expire at the end of this year. A new Public Policy Institute of California Poll finds that 62% of likely voters support extending the tax increases.
Related to state spending on schools, 60% say the current level of funding is insufficient. The results vary by political party, as 73% of Democrats and 65% of Independents hold this view, while only 42% of Republicans.