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:
Proposition 30 - Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase plan
Proposition 31 - State budget process changes
Proposition 32 - Ban on payroll deductions for political contributions; ban on contributions to candidates from unions and corporations
Proposition 33 - Auto insurance rates based on driver's history of coverage
Proposition 34 - Death penalty repeal
Proposition 35 - Increased penalties for human trafficking
Proposition 36 - Changes in "Three Strikes" sentencing law
Proposition 37 - Labeling of genetically engineered foods
Proposition 38 - Molly Munger's tax increase plan
Proposition 39 - Increased taxes on some multi-state companies to fund clean energy programs
Proposition 40 - Referendum on state Senate district boundaries