Thursday Must Read: Brown’s Tax Measures May Be Doomed; Court Refuses to Restart Gay Weddings

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1. Voter support for Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax measures is slipping and is now less than 50 percent, the Trib and LA Times report, citing a new poll from the respected Public Policy Institute of California. The poll showed that only 46 percent of likely voters say they will vote for the tax measures. Ballot measures with less than 50 percent support before a campaign begins typically lose. “Whichever way I look, I see bears in the forest,” Brown said to reporters yesterday. The same polling organization showed that his plan had 53 percent support among likely voters in January.

2. The governor, meanwhile, says he’s still hoping to garner Republican support to put the tax measures on the June ballot, and may opt for a November election if he can’t. However, waiting for November would likely require the state to issue IOUs and would probably force the shut down of construction projects around California, according to a spokesman for state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.


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