Support slips for Gov Brown’s tax measure

first_imgSupport for Propositions 30 and Proposition 37 is falling among California voters, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll released Thursday.Only 46 percent of respondents said they were in favor of Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, marking the first time support has fallen below the 50 percent margin. Prop. 37, which would require foods containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled, dropped to garnering 44 percent support from California voters.Prop. 30, which would raise revenue for public education and public safety by temporarily increasing the state sales tax by one-quarter cent and raising personal income taxes on citizens who earn more than $250,000 a year, has continually declined in the polls from a level of 61 percent support in March. Experts, such as Dan Schnur, the director of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, attributed this decrease in support to the public perception of the state government.“Governor Brown has successfully convinced voters that more spending on the state’s public schools is a good thing,” Schnur said. “What he has yet to do is convince them that state government can be trusted to spend their tax dollars wisely.”Additionally, Drew Lieberman of the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, which helped conduct the poll, said that though voters want to protect education, they do not have enough trust in the measure.“Nobody likes to cut education,” Lieberman said, “but there is a lack of trust as to how the money will be allocated.”Schnur also said a large amount of negative advertising by proponents of Prop. 38, the direct competitor with Prop. 30, could have hurt its approval. Similarly, experts said negative messaging directed at Prop. 37 knocked it down in the polls.“The most significant driving force behind this shift is the amount of money that the opposition has put into the campaign,” Schnur wrote on the Dornsife website. “When voters hear a message so much more strongly from one side than the other, it’s not surprising to see the poll numbers move like this.”The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll is conducted at regular intervals. The poll, which was conducted by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Republican polling firm American Viewpoint, surveyed 1,504 registered California voters.last_img read more

Kings unable to tame Hurricanes

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. – Considering their position in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Carolina Hurricanes know they can’t let any points get away if they want to defend their Stanley Cup title. On Tuesday night, that meant avoiding a letdown against the Western Conference’s last- place team. Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. FSN, KTLK/1150, KLAA/830 Scott Walker scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and David Tanabe had two assists to lead the Hurricanes past the Kings, 2-1, giving Carolina a needed win as it enters a key stretch of the schedule. Carolina 2, Kings 1Saturday: vs. Ducks Ray Whitney also scored for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward made 21 saves and didn’t face much pressure in earning a relatively easy win. “Right now you can’t worry about who you’re catching or who’s catching you,” said Walker, who scored his 17th goal of the season. “You’ve got to worry about the team you’re playing and get the two points. That’s what we focused on.” The Hurricanes play three of their next four at home, starting Thursday against the New York Rangers – who are behind the Hurricanes. They also play Southeast Division-leading Atlanta and Philadelphia, the NHL’s last-place team. “Every two points is big for us,” Ward said. Alexander Frolov scored for the Kings, who have lost 13 of 16. The Kings looked set for a good start when Carolina’s Justin Williams was given a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking Jamie Lundmark just 13 seconds in. But the Kings managed only one shot with the advantage, the beginning of an anemic offensive night. Los Angeles managed just 10 shots in the first two periods. And when the Kings got a scoring chance – as when Dustin Brown corralled a mishandled puck by Frantisek Kaberle along the boards for a breakaway chance – they couldn’t take advantage. “That’s why we’re in the predicament where’re in,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “We’re learning how to be a good team. When you’re a good team, you find a way to scrap, fight and claw away at good teams. “Carolina played well. They didn’t make a lot of mistakes. We didn’t play a spirited enough game.” Ward had a solid bounceback performance after allowing three goals on eight shots against Minnesota on Saturday before being pulled for John Grahame. He gave up only Frolov’s redirection goal on a power play, and stopped a clear shot from Derek Armstrong to preserve the lead in the final seconds. “I felt sharp,” Ward said. “I thought the guys played extremely well in front of me. Anytime you allow 10 shots through 10 periods, that’s saying something about team defense.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more