One day after U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and California legislative leaders called for a cease fire on two competing ballot tax proposals, supporters of Proposition 38 said today that a good start would be for Gov. Jerry Brown's backers to stop actively opposing their measure.
In a reply to Feinstein, Boxer, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, California PTA President Carol Kocivar said that while the PTA has taken no position on Brown's Proposition 30, "some supporters of Proposition 30 are formally and actively opposed to Proposition 38," the tax measure that the state PTA and Democrat Molly Munger are backing.
"Some even formed a political committee and also submitted ballot arguments against Proposition 38 and testified publicly against Proposition 38," Kocivar wrote in her letter. "Perhaps a good first step in creating a positive environment is to urge supporters on both sides to agree not to formally and actively oppose each other's initiatives."
Thursday, the senators and legislative leaders scolded Proposition 38 supporters for what they called an "increasingly negative" campaign.
Proposition 38 would raise income taxes on all but the lowest earners to pay mostly for education. Brown's Proposition 30 would raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners to avert cuts to schools and bolster the state budget.