Jerry Brown

By David Siders
Published: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 4:26 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 5:04 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown declined to say Friday if he will maintain the pledge he made in 2010 not to raise taxes without a public vote if – as is widely expected – he wins re-election in November.

Asked if his 4-year-old tax pledge would extend into next term, Brown said he is focused on Propositions 1 and 2, the $7.5 billion water bond and a budget reserve measure on the ballot.

“There’s a lot of issues and relevant issues, some less so, some more so,” Brown told The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board. “But I, I’m sticking to 1 and 2. And there’s a lot of things on the ballot. And there’s a lot of things in the Legislature. And there’s a lot of things that will pop up between now and November and now and January, but … I’m going to be restrained in my commentary going forward.”

The tax pledge was a significant part of Brown’s 2010 campaign. Facing stiff opposition from a well-funded Republican, Meg Whitman, Brown used the pledge to help position himself as a moderate. In 2012, he pushed a successful initiative campaign for Proposition 30, which raised taxes for schools. Democrats could earn a two-thirds margin in both houses of the Legislature after this election, which would allow them to pass tax increases to Brown’s desk without Republican support. Democrats had supermajorities for part of the current session, but did not send Brown any tax increase bills.

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