Brown’s Countdown, Day 73: Governor May Seek November Ballot Initiative on Tax Plan

A new Plan B for balancing California’s budget emerged Tuesday as Gov. Jerry Brown mulled the possibility of a November ballot initiative to maintain higher tax rates. The idea, which would bypass Republican lawmakers’ opposition to a public vote, would require a signature drive under a tight timetable to put the measure on the ballot. The Democratic governor continues to negotiate with Republican lawmakers to place tax extensions before voters in June through a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. But talks have sputtered, and state leaders are running out of time to call a June election. Brown has repeatedly said he would seek bipartisan support for tax extensions. On Monday, however, he told a labor convention that a vote would occur “no matter what anybody says across the street.”

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