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California voters approve higher taxes
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) will have the final say as to whether a state Senate bill that bans the practice of gay-conversion therapy becomes law.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) will have the final say as to whether a state Senate bill that bans the practice of gay-conversion therapy becomes law.
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n California, 53.9 percent of voters supported Proposition 30, the ballot measure crafted by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown that will help balance the state's budget and avoid cuts to state schools and universities. Prop. 30 is expected to generate an additional $6 billion a year in revenue through the fiscal year ending in June 2017, with a smaller sum in the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. Californians will see their sales-tax rate increase by a quarter of a percentage point. For individuals making more than $250,000 annually or couples making more than $500,000, the income tax rate will also rise, by one to three percentage points.

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