Published: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

California gambling tribes have given $275,000 toward Gov. Jerry Brown’s new 2012 ballot initiative to raise taxes on sales and the wealthy, the first known major contribution to his effort.The California Tribal Business Alliance and two of its member tribes have written checks to help Brown’s cause, said the group’s political director, David Quintana.

The Alliance gave $75,000, while the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians each gave $100,000. Brown’s initiative would raise the sales tax by a half-cent and increase income taxes starting at $250,000 for individuals to raise an estimated $7 billion in the first fiscal year. Both would expire at the end of 2016.

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