Give Voters the Opportunity to Decide on Tax Extension Measure

Thu, 03/03/2011 (All day)

Governor Jerry Brown, arts supporterGovernor Jerry Brown released his 2011-12 Budget last month. The budget proposes deep cuts in state service ($12.5 billion), a shift in some state programs to local control and a proposal to extend tax increases to generate $12 billion in revenue.

To pass, the tax extension proposal must be approved by the voters in June by simple majority.  First, however, the state legislature must vote to approve the ballot measure. It is Arts for LA's understanding that the vote will happen on or before March 10th.

The proposal is receiving widespread attention. The Los Angeles Chamber, the State PTA and virtually every school district in the state are in support of this plan, as it appears to be the best solution to close the budget gap. Click the links above to read their endorsements.

Arts for LA supports giving voters the chance to vote on a tax extension ballot measure in the June election and will provide ongoing information about progress at the state level. This proposal supports Arts for LA's 2012-13 Policy Framework’s overarching goal to maintain cultural infrastructure.



Image: Official portrait of Jerry Brown as Governor of California, from the California State Capitol Museum. Painted by Don Bachardy.   Image credit: Governors of California Portrait Gallery, California State Capitol MuseumThis work has been globally released into the public domain by the California State Capitol Museum through their website.