Two minutes after a restraining order ended Monday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen issued numbers to 11 measures on the November ballot, with Gov. Jerry Brown's tax proposal topping the list as Proposition 30.
The Democratic governor is asking voters to hike the sales tax by a quarter-cent on the dollar and to raise income taxes starting with individuals making more than $250,000 a year. Brown and Democratic lawmakers passed a budget bill last month that moved his initiative to the top of the November ballot.
The governor survived a court challenge Monday after rival tax proponent Molly Munger alleged that her income-tax hike deserved a higher placement than Brown's. Munger's "Our Children, Our Future" initiative landed on the ballot as Proposition 38.
Bowen, a Democrat, issued the ballot numbers at 5:02 p.m., two minutes after a court stay imposed at Munger's request had ended. She released the numbers despite a last-minute challenge by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which asked the Sacramento-based 3rd District Court of Appeal to block Bowen from proceeding.
The anti-tax group believes that the budget legislation giving Brown the top spot, Assembly Bill 1499, is unconstitutional. HJTA President Jon Coupal said that the court can still require the secretary of state to reassign initiative numbers if it rules in his group's favor.
See the full list of initiative numbers after the jump: