Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
September 30, 2015

  • Nearly half of likely voters want to extend Proposition 30 tax increases
  • Cigarette taxes favored by majority of voters
  • Broad support for shifting public employees to 401(k)-style plans

A new poll finds that nearly half of likely California voters favor temporarily extending Proposition 30’s sales and income tax hikes, but support falls to just 32 percent when asked if they should be made permanent.

The survey, released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, found that a far higher number back the idea of boosting taxes on cigarettes. Some 66 percent of likely voters favor increasing tobacco taxes by an unspecified amount.

Meanwhile, 49 percent of likely voters are green lighting an extraction tax on oil and natural gas. Support for the theoretical oil tax rose above the 50-percent threshold among only liberals (59 percent), Democrats (58 percent) and residents of the San Francisco Bay Area (53 percent).

PPIC’s poll comes amid jostling by dozens of interest groups angling to place their priorities on next year’s statewide ballot. In addition to possible cigarette and oil tax measures, two high-powered coalitions in recent weeks have introduced variations of a Proposition 30 extension, though both focus only on income taxes and allow the sales-tax hike to expire.

A group led by the California Teachers Association and the Service Employees International Union wants to extend the Proposition 30 income taxes to 2030, raising an estimated $7 billion to $9 billion a year for K-14 schools.

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