I received this news release a short while ago from state Sen. Jeff Denham, a few hours after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed raising the state sales tax by 1.5 cent; levying a new tax on services; levying a new tax on producers extracting oil in California; and increasing alcohol excise taxes by five cents a drink in order to raise $4.7 billion in new revenue to help backfill the $11.2 billion hole in this year’s state budget:
Sacramento – Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) today issued the following statement in response to proposals to solve the State’s projected $11 – $13 billion budget deficit with tax hikes:
“So, let me get this straight – big-spending politicians want hard-working Californians to bail them out? Forget about it!”
Denham overwhelmingly beat back a recall effort earlier this year that Senate Democrat Leader Don Perata launched because last year Denham refused to vote for a tax hike.
Denham again refused to vote for this year’s unbalanced budget and will continue to vote against any tax hike.
With a ham-handed, abortive attempt to boost Democrats’ state Senate majority (which failed miserably), Don Perata gave Jeff Denham the gift of near-martyrdom, and Denham now seems determined to play it to the hilt for the two years he has left in the Senate; if he hadn’t been intransigent before, he certainly is today.
But I guess that’ll be incoming Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg‘s problem, as Perata is halfway out the door.