Capitol Alert
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October 8, 2012

A day after Molly Munger said she would air television ads pinpointing flaws in Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, a coalition of educators, politicians and labor leaders called on the wealthy attorney to “re-think this destructive course of action.”

Munger has already contributed more than $30 million toward her own measure, Proposition 38, which would hike income taxes on all but the poorest Californians to increase funding for schools and the state budget. Her measure trails Brown’s Proposition 30 in polls, and she said Sunday on NBC 4 in Los Angeles that she will now air ads that make a “distinction” between her proposal and the governor’s — often a euphemism for attack spots.

The Yes on 30 campaign responded today with a letter calling on her to avoid negative attacks, asserting that school supporters “know well that it is our students who will pay the price if you insist on risking billions of dollars in cuts to our schools and universities just to pass your initiative.”

The list of signatories included Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel, State Board of Education President Michael Kirst and Service Employees International Union – California Executive Director David Kieffer.

Munger joined the chorus of critics who accused the Brown campaign of exaggerating the extent to which Proposition 30 would help education. She said Sunday, “If you’re going to say that you’re something you’re not, we do have to say, ‘Well, actually, that’s not the case.'”

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