Governor Jerry Brown turns in signatures for tax measure

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California Governor Jerry Brown at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California on October 27, 2011.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has turned in approximately 1.5 million signatures for his proposed tax initiative — far more than what’s needed to qualify for the November ballot.

Speaking outside the Sacramento County Elections Office, Brown called California’s finances “screwed up” and said passage of his proposed tax measure is crucial.

"It’s balanced, it’s fair, and it will take a major step forward in putting California in a very solid position," says Brown.

The initiative would raise income taxes on the wealthiest Californians for seven years and increase the sales tax a quarter cent for four years.

State and county elections officials will now start the certification process to see if Brown’s initiative qualifies for the November ballot.

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