Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
April 20, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Surtax on high-income Californians, school bonds headed for November ballot
  • Unions support tax extension, education groups and developers want bonds
  • Gov. Jerry Brown has not endorsed either, critical of bond issue

California voters are inclined to extend extra taxes on the state’s high-income residents to support public education and pass a new school construction bond issue, a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California has found.

Both issues are headed for November ballot via pending initiatives with unions, particularly the California Teachers Association, pressing the tax extension, and education groups and developers sponsoring the bond issue.

“Six in 10 Californians say that state government funding for their local schools is inadequate,” Mark Baldassare, PPIC’s president, said in an analysis of the poll. “In this election-year context, solid majorities favor a Proposition 30 tax increase extension and state and local school bonds.”

The PPIC poll found that 62 percent of likely voters favor extending, for 12 years, the higher income tax rates on those with taxable incomes of $250,000 or more. Gov. Jerry Brown sponsored the temporary tax hike, including a small boost in sales taxes, four years ago to close a yawning budget gap, but he has repeatedly refused to endorse its extension.

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