Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Gov. Moonbeam Says GOP Blocking Tax Hikes Could Cause Demonstrations and Civil Unrest in California

Governor projects record deficits
Sacramento CA, Jan 31, 2011. California Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown, D-CA,  yesterday  blasted GOP opponents of his plan to reduce the state's massive deficit by comparing their opposition to a referendum on proposed tax increases to "oppression in Egypt and Tunisia."

"When democratic ideals and calls for the right to vote are stirring the imagination of young people in Egypt and Tunisia and other parts of the world, we in California can't say now is the time to block a vote of the people," he said.

Governor Brown has proposed a special election in June to let voters decide whether to extend higher vehicle fees and sales and income taxes to help balance a $25 billion deficit, the largest state deficit in the nation. 

California voters demanding higher taxes
The $12.5 billion in budget cuts would require a temporary extension of current taxes and a vote before it could become effective.

Brown told Democrats who are hesitant to make budget reductions in programs, and Republicans who are against extending taxes, that he understood where they were coming from but, "things are different this time." 

He said the budget has tough choices but that the people “have a right to vote” on the package. He challenged both parties to take the difficult votes necessary to balance the budget.
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"From the time I proposed what I believe to be a balanced approach to our budget deficit -- both cuts and a temporary extension of current taxes -- dozens of groups affected by one or another of the proposed cuts have said we should cut somewhere else instead."

"Still others say we should not extend the current taxes but let them go away. So far, however, these same people have failed to offer even one alternative solution," Brown said. 

While California's budget woes are critical, the state hasn't quite reached the pandemonium stage of Egypt, which has seen more than a week of rioting in protests over frustrations with the autocratic regime of Hosni Mubarak.

1 comment:

  1. If Brown thinks Californians will approve new tax hikes and the extension of old ones, then he's smoking too much of that funny weed. California may be liberal, but it is anti-tax and the people here know we are taxed to death. So go for it Fruitcake. Have your tax hike vote. You'll walk away with egg--or should I say hash oil--all over your face.