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Brown says schools' future at stake with Prop. 30

  • FILE - In this Aug 15, 2012 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown kicks off his campaign for Proposition 30, a November ballot initiative that would temporarily increase sales and income taxes, during his visit to New Technology High School in Sacramento, Calif. Brown quest for voters is being challenged by Molly Munger, a wealthy liberal-leaning Los Angeles civil right attorney who is backing her own tax initiative Proposition 38. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

SACRAMENTO — As he makes a last-minute push for his November tax initiative, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he wants to make sure voters "know the stakes" for California's K-12 schools and colleges before they cast their ballots.

In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Brown said he wants to make sure Californians know about the $6 billion in budget cuts he says will be triggered automatically if Proposition 30 fails.

"I'm going everywhere I can in California to make sure that everyone knows the stakes, and then when they cast their vote they do it in a knowing way," Brown said in between stops in Inglewood and San Diego. "I don't want anybody to wake up the day after the election and be surprised."

With just two weeks remaining before Election Day, the Democratic governor is pitching his initiative with appearances around the state. He says schools will be decimated if voters reject the temporary quarter-cent increase in the statewide sales tax and higher income taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year.

Brown called the decision "profoundly serious. It's either going to strengthen or weaken our social fabric."


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