One day after Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Federation of Teachers announced an agreement to combine forces behind one tax hike proposal, civil rights attorney Molly Munger has dropped another $1.5 million into the campaign to qualify her own rival tax plan for the November ballot.
Munger has now contributed $3.4 million of her own money to her measure, which would raise an estimated $10 billion for schools and early childhood development programs by increasing personal income rates on a sliding scale for Californians making more than $7,316.
Brown's supporters have sought to persuade Munger to drop her effort, arguing that the presence of multiple tax measures on the November ballot increases the chances that voters will reject them all. That argument was central to the agreement between Brown and CFT, which had been circulating petitions for a tax hike on millionaires.
The campaign for Munger's measure, which is collecting voter signatures to qualify for the ballot, showed no sign of backing down after Wednesday's deal, saying in a statement that backers "don't anticipate that it will change our plans."
The new version of Brown's initiative, which was filed with the state attorney general on Wednesday, includes a greater tax hike on Californians making more than $500,000 than the Democratic governor had originally proposed. Those making more than $250,000 will still see an increase under the plan. The tax increases would be in effect for seven years. It also lowers a proposed four-year increase in the state sales tax from a half percent to a quarter percent. The Bee's Kevin Yamamura has more details in this story.