Groups Alter Prop. 30 Ballot Initiative To Garner More Support
The public worker unions, doctors and hospitals behind a November ballot initiative that aims to expand Proposition 30 have altered the measure after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said it had a "fatal flaw," Capital Public Radio's "KXJZ News" reports (Adler, "KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 1/13).
Background on Prop. 30
Prop. 30 increased the state's sales and income taxes. The increased sales and income taxes under Prop. 30 are set to expire in 2016 and 2018, respectively (California Healthline, 11/5/15).
Backers of the ballot initiative sought to exempt future money generated from higher taxes under Prop. 30 from the state's "rainy day fund."
Backers Drop Exemption
However, Brown has said that exempting the money from the state's "rainy day fund" would be "a fatal flaw" for the initiative.
In response, supporters have amended the ballot measure to remove the exemption.
Gale Kaufman -- a Democratic strategist working with groups that are backing the initiative -- said, "We're very hopeful that with these amendments, we've got the best shot we can." Although Brown is unlikely to campaign for the initiative, Kaufman said backers hope that the governor will remain neutral ("KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 1/13).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.