News reports are that the California legislature will be called into session again today to pass a compendium of tax increases that will further cripple the California economy, plus some modest spending cuts to put lipstick on the pig.
Apparently the leadership (both parties) are only one Republican vote in the Senate from passing this.
The fig leaf is that the tax increases will only last two years instead of five years if voters reject a spending cap initiative in a special May election. The talking point of the Republicans promoting this is that the prospect of three more years of taxes will tempt the Democrats, unions, interest groups, and media from opposing that initiative.
This is nonsense: this is simply the road to political suicide for the Republicans.
Please contact California Republican legislators to demand that they stand fast. I will try to refine this with the list of “wobblies” when I can contact Rep. DeVore’s office or someone else in the know. Any help with names will be appreciated by other so that we can focus our energies.
Below is my list of bullet points:
THE FORK IN THE ROAD: SURRENDER OR RESISTANCE
Current plan will not achieve Republican goals:
If Republicans, allow this budget plan to pass:
If Republicans stand fast: