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Governor Brown Applauds Californians Approval Of Tax Hike On The Wealthy

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By Paul Johnson

Sacramento, California (CNN) - The governor of California was not up for re-election last night but he's still celebrating a victory.
Voters in the state approved a measure that raises taxes on the wealthy and hikes the state sales tax.
Governor Jerry Brown had championed the measure as a way to prevent massive budget cuts to the state's public schools and universities.
He went to voters with the proposal after losing a battle for the tax increase with Republican lawmakers last year.
"We joined together as Californians first in a resounding victory for education and fiscal integrity. The people of California have put their trust in a bold path forward and I intend to do everything in my power to honor that trust."
The measure temporarily raises income taxes on people making more than 250-thousand dollars a year.
It also adds a quarter-cent to the sales tax.


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