CHICO, Calif. - Governor Jerry Brown is trying to rally support for his tax initiative, Prop. 30. Brown will visit Chico on Monday. But new polls show support is falling for the governor's tax increase on the November ballot.
A new poll showed for the first time, Prop. 30 has fallen below 50% support.
Wednesday night's survey from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California shows 48% of those polled say they support Brown's Proposition 30, down from 52% support in PPIC's September poll.
Proposition 30 would raise income taxes on people with an annual income of $250,000 or more. That income tax increase would be in effect for 7 years. The measure would also raise the state sales tax from 7.25% to 7.5%.
If the initiative fails, it would trigger $6 billion in automatic budget cuts mostly to schools.
In an effort to build good will about Prop. 30, Governor Brown is enlisting a four-legged friend. Brown's dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Sutter, will visit 30 Democratic field offices throughout the state to draw attention to Prop. 30.
Thursday afternoon, Sutter and his handler stopped by the Democratic Campaign Offices in Chico. Chico Mayor Ann Schwab smiled as she held Sutter. The dog barked on cue when his handler asked if he supported Prop. 30 and wanted to help California schools.
Sutter Brown has become well-known in Sacramento. Governor Brown brings Sutter to work, and to some public events. Sutter even has his own Facebook page, featuring dozens of photos showing him around the State Capitol.
A group called "No on 30 - Californians for Reforms and Jobs, Not Taxes" question if Prop.30 money will really be used for schools, and not to fill in other gaps in the state budget.
Governor Brown will visit Chico State Monday. Democratic officials in Butte County said Brown will speak at Colusa Hall on the Chico State campus, Monday at noon.