Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2012 budget, which was accidentally released early, contains something like a ransom note for the people. Brown says the state is facing a $9.2 billion deficit this year and to help solve the problem he is going ask voters to approve a one-half percent increase in the state sales tax in the November election.
The ballot measure will also seek a 2 percent increase in the personal income tax on people making $250,000 or more.
Brown has warned that failure to pass the tax increases will result in the state’s public schools taking a $4.8 billion hit. This has Kelly Porterfield, Madera Unified’s associate superintendent for business and operations, scrambling for more details.
“We are trying to assess what impact the governor’s proposed budget will have on the district, with the passage of a tax measure in November and without one,” explained Porterfield...