As Prop. 30 tax initiative teeters, Brown makes final pitch

  • Students, dignitaries and supporters cheer on Gov. Jerry Brown who holds up a campaign sign and encourages students to vote yes for Proposition 30 at Sacramento City College, Thursday, October 18, 2012 in Sacremento, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown sought to persuade college students on Thursday to support his November tax measure, telling them a quarter-cent increase in the state sales tax and higher income taxes on the wealthy are a small price to pay for a more stable state budget and secure higher education funding. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randy Pench) MAGS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40); MANDATORY CREDIT

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.

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