SACRAMENTO — In a final weekend of campaigning, Gov. Jerry Brown is asking everyone from students to venture capitalists to lend a hand in pushing his struggling $6 billion tax increase across the finish line.
The Democratic governor made several appearances in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon to cheer on some of the thousands of phone bankers and precinct walkers who are part of his final statewide effort to sway undecided voters and boost turnout for Tuesday's election.
Recent public opinion polls show a narrow path to victory for Proposition 30, which would help close California's budget deficit by raising the state sales tax a quarter cent for four years and hiking income taxes for seven years on those making more than $250,000 annually.
At a Silicon Valley lunch on Friday, Brown said the initiative had a "very good chance" of success if supporters do not get complacent.
The fate of the measure will have a deep impact on Brown's legacy, and failure could mean less funding for California's public universities and grade schools, which have already suffered from cycles of cuts.