Thursday Must Read: Tax the Rich to Pay for Schools; Feds Open Criminal Probe of PG&E

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Californians want to maintain funding for public schools and they want the rich to pay for it with higher taxes, the Chron reports, citing a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. The poll showed that 68 percent of voters support raising the personal income tax rate for wealthy Californians in order to avoid more cuts to K-12 education — a proposal supported by the state teachers’ union, but not by Governor Jerry Brown or state Democratic leaders. By contrast, voters overwhelmingly oppose Brown and the Democrats’ proposal to restore a tax increase on all residents that expired in January and a 1 percent sales tax hike that will sunset on July 1.

2. Democratic state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, meanwhile, seconded a proposal made by Treasurer Bill Lockyer to target Republican districts for service cuts if GOP legislators continue to block Brown’s tax measure proposals, the CoCo Times reports. “It’s basic fairness,” Steinberg told reporters. “You don’t want to pay for government, well, then you get less of it.” Steinberg said the cuts would involve “convenient services to adults” and would not be targeted at children in Republican strongholds.

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