Brown warns of deep school cuts if tax-hike fails

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Gov. Jerry Brown is kicking off his campaign for tax increases at a Sacramento high school, saying Proposition 30 is the only way to avoid billions of dollars in cuts to schools and higher education.

The Democratic governor held a news conference Wednesday outside New Technology High School.

He highlighted the campaign's message that the temporary sales and income tax increases are needed to stave off deep budget cuts, which could include shortening the school year by three weeks.

Proposition 30 would raise the state sales tax by a quarter cent for four years and raise taxes on incomes over $250,000 for seven years to help close California's budget deficit.

About $6 billion in cuts will be triggered automatically if voters reject the initiative in November.