Gov Brown’s tax initiative faces competition from local tax measures

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Brown proposes $8.3 billion cuts in California to help close a projected $16 billion budget shortfall.

Local measures in Democratic strongholds across California have some backers of Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative concerned that too many will split support and make them all more likely to fail.

There are already three statewide tax initiatives.

Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says the governor’s measure is most important:

“If the state deficit is not healed, that obviously affects local governments," says Steinberg. "If we put this behind us and begin being able to build once again in California, that’ll benefit local governments."

Several areas with strong Democratic voter bases are either considering whether to place local tax measures on the November ballot or have already done so.

They include Los Angeles and Alameda counties, and the cities of Sacramento and San Francisco.

The Los Angeles Unified School District recently decided to not ask voters to approve a parcel tax this fall because it believes the governor’s tax measure is a higher priority.

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