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Brown submits ballot petitions for tax increases

Posted: May 10, 2012 2:00 p.m.
Updated: May 10, 2012 2:00 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown says it's crucial for California voters to support his tax-hike initiative because the state's finances are "screwed up."

The Democratic governor personally submitted a batch of signature petitions in Sacramento on Thursday, the same time his campaign announced it had gathered 1.5 million signatures.

The development comes just days after a group funded by wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger turned in its petitions for a separate tax initiative.

Brown says he is focused on doing his job of balancing the budget and protecting schools and public safety.

His initiative asks voters to approve higher income taxes on the wealthy and a quarter cent sales tax hike. Brown says passing it is necessary to get California on "solid fiscal footing."

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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