March 23, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown is saying he may pursue a ballot initiative in November to let voters decide whether to support tax extensions to avoid steeper cuts to state-supported services. That means collecting signatures from the people rather than getting legislators to put a measure on the ballot. Meanwhile, Brown is still negotiating with GOP legislators to put tax extensions on a June ballot. Without the money that would be generated from an extension of existing income and sales taxes and vehicle registration fees, the cuts to higher education could double. That would leave UC with a $1 billion state funding cut next year. Read more about Brown’s Plan B.