Most California voters support a mix of spending cuts and increases in tax revenue to tackle a $26.6 billion deficit, a new Field and UC-Berkeley poll shows.
“The approach is backed by 52 percent of voters, according to a statewide survey by the University of California, Berkeley, and The Field Poll,” Bloomberg Business Week is reporting. “Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to ease the deficit by retaining more than $9.3 billion of temporary tax increases won support from 58 percent.
“‘There is no great willingness on the part of voters to increase taxes as a way of dealing with the huge budget deficit,’ Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field, directors of the Field Poll, said in a statement. ‘However, majorities do support of the idea of extending the temporary tax increases enacted by the state several years ago.’”
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