San Jose Mercury News
A year ago today, Californians were still locked in a fierce battle over Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative that raised income taxes on the wealthy and the sales tax on everyone.
One side argued that the state needed a temporary infusion of cash to keep schools and vital state programs afloat until the economy fully recovered. The other side countered that new tax money would simply line the pockets of school bureaucrats and unionized teachers -- and that thousands of overtaxed "job creators" would flee California and throw the state's still-recovering economy into reverse.