Tax fight and backlash against CSU admin

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Governor Jerry Brown continues to make the case for a single tax initiative on the November ballot. Yesterday, he countered new ads airing in L.A. and San Francisco that compete with his initiative.

The governor says his proposal, which would temporarily raise the state’s sales and income tax on people who make $250,000 or more, is superior because it would help fund schools and address California’s $9.2 billion budget deficit.

But L.A. attorney Molly Munger says her initiative, which would raise income taxes on a sliding scale for nearly all wage-earners, is better because it sends money directly to schools. Only a fraction of the new tax would help the state deficit.

Meanwhile, the governor, state legislators and California State University students are criticizing the system’s trustees for approving a 10 percent pay hike yesterday for two campus presidents.

Students say that the trustees’ priorities are misplaced as school administrators face a looming state funding cut of $750 million.

CSU administrators say the pay increases are necessary to attract and retain top executive talent. But, the raises come just as Cal State officials announced plans to halt most spring 2013 admissions.

The administration is also looking at eliminating  a number of programs and projects, while continuing a hiring freeze.

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