Religious Leaders Endorse California Governor’s Plan To Raise Taxes On The Rich | A coalition of religious groups endorsed California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) proposal to raise taxes on the rich to help balance the state’s budget, the National Catholic Reporter reports. Brown’s plan, which raises taxes on Californians with incomes over $250,000, is aimed at helping avoid cuts to schools and education programs. About 200 religious leaders from the PICO National Network, based in Oakland, promised Brown that they would encourage their members to vote for the plan, which is expected to qualify for the state ballot. According to recent polls, more than 60 percent of California voters support the proposal.