Room for Two Tax Initiatives? Burton Thinks So

December 14, 2011 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, Education, Taxes · 7 Comments 

NOTE: This posting has been modified to reflect that the proposed initiative only guarantees one-third of the oil tax revenue for higher education. The bulk of the revenues would be deposited back into the state's general fund.

Getty/David Paul Morris

One thing that's safe to say about John Burton, the veteran legislator who now chairs the California Democratic Party: he doesn't ask for permission before he acts.

And so on Tuesday, while Governor Jerry Brown was telling reporters that he hopes to clear the field of other tax initiatives aiming for the November ballot, Burton was filing a tax initiative of his own -- an oil severance tax to help fund higher education.
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