Media Statement

Governor Brown’s Initiative Is Best Solution to State Budget Challenges

At a time when the state is struggling to recover from the recession and balance its budget, all Californians should unite in support of Governor Brown’s proposal to temporarily increase the sales tax and income taxes on the wealthiest residents. Competing tax initiatives sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers and Molly Munger have meritorious goals, but they duplicate the Governor’s proposal and could cause sufficient division and confusion among voters to cause the defeat of all three measures. 

California would be well-served if the sponsors of competing tax initiatives drop their measures and instead direct their support to the Governor’s proposal.

The California Hospital Association has endorsed the Governor’s initiative.  It is a balanced step to resolve the state’s financial challenges.  Preserving essential programs, including health care services for our vulnerable patients, must be a top priority.