Brown pushes college students to support tax hike

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California Governor Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown (AP photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown is warning college students to support his tax increase on the November ballot or face larger tuition bills in the future.

The Democratic governor began a stretch push Tuesday to win support for Proposition 30 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. It was his first public campaign appearance since August for the initiative, which has been struggling in public opinion polls.

Brown told several hundred students at an outdoor rally that schools and colleges have suffered too long in a state saddled with economic troubles.

He never mentioned specifics of the ballot proposal. It would boost the state sales tax by a quarter cent for four years and income taxes for seven years on those who make more than $250,000 a year.

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