According to a poll which has been shown to Governor Brown, a significant majority of our fellow Californians oppose increasing taxes to balance the state’s budget: “Asked whether they’d prefer ‘less government and lower taxes’ or ‘slightly higher taxes for better government services,’ 57% opted for lower taxes.”
This “voter survey,” according to the Los Angeles Times was “conducted by veteran Democratic pollster Jim Moore.” So, it’s a Democratic poll for a Democratic governor.
The article did indicate that Brown is not entirely following in the footsteps of his counterpart in the Land of Lincoln as he is proposing “cutting employees’ take-home pay by 8% to 10%.” (I’m assuming this refers to public employees.) But, the report hints that he may indeed pull a page from Illinois Governor Quinn since reporter George Skelton claims he’ll need to “Persuade voters that stanching the red ink in Sacramento is necessary to rebuild the California economy and create jobs.”
Um, that sounds like a tax increase is in the offing (or Skelton wants one to be). Yet, stanching the red ink alone won’t be enough to rebuild the California economy and create jobs.
If the governor wants to do that, he’s going to have to cut taxes and reduce regulations. Hey, it’s what a majority of Californians want, at least as concerns the tax cuts.