SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - The politically influential California Nurses Association is backing Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax initiative with a $1 million contribution.

The nurses union on Thursday endorsed the Democratic governor's initiative, Proposition 30, which would temporarily raise the state sales tax by a half cent for five years and increase income taxes for people who make more than $250,000 a year for seven years.

The governor tells The Associated Press that the nurses' support is critical because the union can mobilize thousands of nurses in support.

Brown's ballot initiative committee reported earlier this week that it had about $5 million in the bank, before the union's contribution.

Opponents of the tax initiative, led by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, have collected just $85,000 this year and have about $57,000 in debt.

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