The California budget will not balance, and the best California government officials can come up with is a laundry list of California tax increases, some of which are cleverly disguised as fees and surcharges. For example, soon you might pay taxes on your state of California personal income tax!
California republicans – just like California democrats – are feeling the heat. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reports that angry phone calls and emails are flowing in from both sides of the aisle. In an interesting tidbit of most likely involuntary frankness, the Governator let it slip to the Sacramento Bee that special interest groups were actually threatening him.
This of course begs the question: what hold over a California government official could a special interest group possibly have, that would make a legislator choose to increase California tax rates rather than apply the ax to some unneeded California budget drains?
Democratic strategist Garry South said it best when he intimated that republicans and democrats would have to give their approval to things that go against the wishes of their individual constituents. Apparently special interest groups trump voters.
Those about to be termed out may not feel the totality of the pressure, but the freshmen legislators and also the republicans who signed a “no new tax” pledge are fidgeting in their seats and hiding behind spokespeople and security personnel from angry phone calls and requests for interviews.
At this point in time, it appears that a vote on the state of California budget will be taken tomorrow morning. According to sources quoted by the John and Ken radio show – home of the Heads on a Stick Campaign – failure of republicans to heed their pledge and a bipartisan willingness to be beholden to special interest threats may net Californians a sales tax increase of one cent per dollar, an income tax increase – cleverly disguised as a tax return surcharge — and a doubling of the vehicle licensing fee.
If we may believe the Sacramento Bee, there will also be cuts. For example, a cut of the child tax credit and also the dependent care credit, effectively raising taxes for parents with dependent children and familial caregivers of the elderly.
And here we were wondering why so many Californians are moving to Oregon and Nevada!
http://www.sacbee.com/capitolandcalifornia/story/1621939.html; http://www.kfiam640.com/pages/johnandkenshow/; http://www.sacbee.com/topstories/story/1616862.html