Buoyed by a poll showing flagging support for Proposition 30, opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot came to Fresno Thursday to drive home their point that it is bad policy.
Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, joined with John Kabateck, executive director for California at the National Federation of Independent Business, to blast the initiative.
"Prop. 30 is a $50 billion tax increase -- what more can you say?" Coupal said outside of BRE Software at the corner of Blackstone and Nees avenues in northwest Fresno.
The news conference comes two days after Brown came through Fresno on a tour of key cities to shore up support for the initiative, which would increase the state's sales tax by a quarter cent for four years and raise income taxes on people who make more than $250,000 a year for seven years.
Supporters have said the extra money would go to fund K-12 schools and help balance the state's budget. In his Tuesday visit, Brown said it wasn't just about education, it was also about jobs.