With win, Calif governor takes next step in pledge

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is delivering on a campaign promise he made two years ago to fix California's perpetual budget deficits and raise taxes to do it only if voters agreed.

Brown says voters put their trust in his plan during Tuesday's election by approving Proposition 30.

The measure Brown promoted raises the statewide sales tax and boosts income taxes on the wealthy, providing another $6 billion to balance the state budget.

In another boost, the Democratic governor should have an easier time pursuing his broader agenda as Democrats are poised to secure a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the state Legislature.

That makeup would allow Democrats to pass budgets and other spending issues without any Republican support.

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