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Brown's shift on tax hikes

The governor has agreed to modify his tax initiative, which if approved by voters would temporarily increase levies on upper-income earners and purchases.

March 15, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to modify his tax initiative, which if approved by voters this fall would temporarily increase levies on upper-income earners and purchases in the state. Below is a comparison of the old Brown plan and the proposal Democrats unveiled Wednesday.

ORIGINAL PROPOSAL

Would raise the personal income tax rate on individuals reporting income over $250,000 by 1 percentage point. Would hike the personal income tax rate on income over $300,000 by 1.5 percentage points and the personal income tax rate on income over $500,000 by 2 percentage points for five years. Would raise the state sales tax by a half-cent per dollar for four years.

NEW PROPOSAL

Would raise the personal income tax rate on individuals reporting income over $250,000 by 1 percentage point. Would hike the personal income tax rate on income over $300,000 by 2 percentage points and the personal income tax rate on income over $500,000 by 3 percentage points for seven years. Would raise the state sales tax by a quarter-cent per dollar for four years.

Source: Senate Democratic budget office

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