Gov. Jerry Brown says schools' future at stake

Brown making last-minute push for Prop. 30

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants to make sure voters "know the stakes" for California's K-12 schools and colleges before they cast their ballots on his November tax initiative.

In a telephone interview Tuesday 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.

The Democratic governor is making a last-minute push for his initiative with appearances around the state. He says school funding 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 it a "profoundly serious" decision for voters about the future of the state.

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