Gov. Jerry Brown has stopped collecting signatures for his original ballot measure to raise taxes, satisfied that signature gathering for a compromise initiative is progressing quickly enough to qualify it for the November ballot, an adviser said this afternoon.
"We are confident in the progress the coalition is making towards qualifying the new measure for the November ballot," political adviser Steve Glazer said.
Glazer said the decision to stop collecting signatures for Brown's original initiative was reached today.
The Democratic governor and the California Federation of Teachers, which had proposed its own tax initiative, agreed last month to a compromise proposal that includes a smaller sales tax increase but larger income tax increase on the state's highest earners than Brown originally proposed. Even after announcing the deal, Brown kept collecting signatures for his original initiative.