64°
Rain
WED
 81°
 62°
THU
 76°
 56°
FRI
 82°
 54°
SAT
 79°
 55°
SUN
 79°
 54°

California voters could boost taxes, end death penalty

  • A surfing class passes a sign for a polling place as voters head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in San Diego. After a grinding presidential campaign President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, yield center stage to American voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SACRAMENTO — After months of hard campaigning by candidates and weeks of negative ads funded by record political spending, millions of California voters are finally having their say.

The outcome of the election Tuesday will decide if residents will pay higher taxes to fix the state's persistently out-of-balance budget; change direction on the death penalty; and pass a first-in-the-nation requirement to label genetically modified foods.

No state politician has more at stake than Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who was elected after promising to end the state's long-running budget crisis and has personally championed a $6 billion-a-year tax increase that he says he will restore California's luster, especially for its schoolchildren.

Brown was greeted by more than two dozen supporters as he cast his ballot near his home in the Oakland hills Tuesday morning. He said he was optimistic the proposition would pass.

"I think that's a proposition that speaks for itself and I wouldn't be surprised if the outcome is more positive than most of you are probably expecting," Brown said.


© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View