Debt Crisis

Gov. Proposes Higher Taxes in CA

California Governor Jerry Brown is expected to announce his solution to the state's $16 billion budget deficit on Monday. According to a spokesman, the proposal will include a tax hike of up to 3 percent for the highest earners, a slight sales tax increase, and cuts to health and human services and other areas. He also explained that the enormous deficit is due to a drop in tax revenues during the last quarter of 2011. “We’re still recovering from the worst recession since the 1930s,” Brown said in a YouTube video. Wealthiest Californians could see a tax increase by as much as 3 percent, up from the 9.3 percent they pay now.