IRVINE -- Gov. Jerry Brown said this morning that he expects "widespread business support" for his campaign to raise taxes, including from health care and oil companies.
"Business is not only supporting it, but they're putting their money where their mouth is," Brown told reporters after meeting privately with about 50 members of the Orange County Business Council.
Brown has raised more than $1.2 million for his November ballot initiative to raise the state sale tax and income taxes on California's highest earners.
He said of the proposal, "It's balanced, it's reasonable, and it's temporary."
The Democratic governor's remarks came on the second day of a two-day swing through Southern California to promote his plan to raise taxes and to invest in infrastructure and schools. Brown is scheduled to address the City Club of San Diego at noon.
On the club's website, the speech is titled "The State of the State, Plus One." Brown delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday.
His appearances today are in more conservative territory than on Wednesday, when Brown addressed the Democratic-controlled Legislature in Sacramento and an invitation-only crowd in Los Angeles. Both San Diego and Orange counties went for Brown's Republican opponent, Meg Whitman in the 2010 election -- in Orange County, by almost 20 percentage points.
Lucetta Dunn, president of the Orange County Business Council, said the group has not endorsed Brown's tax proposal but that "the room was supportive." She called it a "terrific meeting."
After meeting with teachers in Burbank on Tuesday afternoon, Brown was optimistic about his chances of passing a ballot measure to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners.
"I think the voters are understanding," he said.