Brown's Tax Initiative Tops November Ballot
Judge Rejects Challenge From Competing Measure
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Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative to raise taxes has received top billing on the November ballot after a judge rejected a challenge from a competing measure.
The secretary of state on Monday assigned numbers to the 11 measures on the November statewide ballot.
Brown's proposal to temporarily increase the state sales tax and income tax for incomes over $250,000 a year will appear first, as Proposition 30.
"That is so important that it deserves the dignity of being ranked with other constitutional measures and bond issues," Brown said at a Monday press conference.
A constitutional amendment aimed at changing the way state government manages its budget is second as Proposition 31. It is promoted by the bipartisan group California Forward.
A competing tax measure from the group Our Children, Our Future, and financed by wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger, argued they submitted their signatures before Brown did and therefore should be placed ahead of his measure.
A judge earlier denied the Our Children, Our Future request to block a new law that gives Brown's initiative top billing.
The competing tax measure to fund public schools is Proposition 38.
Our Children, Our Future decided not to appeal the loss because they say it doesn't matter where they are on the ballot.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayer's Association appealed the ruling and argues the state budget shouldn't dictate the position of a ballot measure.
The secretary of state needs to get the November ballot to the printers soon. Ballots to California military members stationed overseas must be mailed in two months.