Posted: May 3, 2012 1:58 PM by The Associated Press (KO)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Republican Party is kicking off a campaign against Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax-hikes before the initiative has even qualified for the November ballot.
GOP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said Thursday he will start the campaign this week in Fresno and Bakersfield, where he will discuss alternatives to tax hikes.
The Democratic governor is asking California voters to pass temporary tax increases to avoid billions of dollars in additional cuts.
Republican lawmakers say that will only hurt California's economic recovery. They say the Democratic-controlled Legislature should pass public pension reform and cut elsewhere to protect education and public safety.
Brown's initiative, which has not yet qualified for the ballot, would raise income taxes on people who make more than $250,000 annually and raise the sales tax to 7.5 percent.
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