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1. A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Californians would support a ballot measure to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents as a way to help balance the budget, the Chron reports. The poll, commissioned by a state teacher’s union, found that a whopping 78 percent of likely voters support an income tax increase of 1 percent on Californians who make more than $500,000 a year, easily eclipsing the two-thirds vote needed to pass. Support for such a measure, which has not been considered by Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers, also appears to cross party lines. The teacher’s union may sponsor such a measure in November as a “sweetener” for Brown’s other tax proposals.