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Supporters of Molly Munger tax measure turn in signatures

Jerry Brown has yet another tax initiative to compete with November.
Jerry Brown has yet another tax initiative to compete with November.
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Supporters of a California tax measure backed by wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger turned in their voter signatures on Monday

Backers of the tax proposal say they’ve turned in 830,000 signatures to election officials, well more than required.

The proposal would raise personal income taxes on all but the poorest Californians.

Michelle Parker is PTA President for the San Francisco Unified School District. She says the initiative would restore funding for classrooms.

"We have fewer teachers in classrooms, we have overcrowded classrooms and we’ve lost important programs such as music and art," says Parker. "Our children, our future is going to change all that.”

She says unlike the tax measure backed by Governor Jerry Brown, this one would send money to a separate trust fund that cannot be touched by the legislature or the governor.

Brown has argued that his measure is the only one that would address the state’s multi-billion dollar deficit.