Governor Brown Launches Effort to Raise Califnornians’ Taxes

After a lot of talk about change, governor Brown of California prepares Californians for tax hikes:

California Governor Jerry Brown said he’s willing to gather signatures for a voter initiative to extend $11 billion in expiring tax increases, blocked by Republican lawmakers, in order to balance the state’s budget.

Brown, speaking in Los Angeles yesterday, said he may bypass the Legislature and go through the ballot measure process to put the issue to a statewide vote, though he’d prefer that lawmakers act.

“We are going to put it before the people one way or another,” the 73-year-old Democrat said in an interview. When asked if it might be placed on the ballot as soon as November, he nodded.

As always, the solutions that politicians have to shortfalls and deficits at some point are tax hikes. California is already one of the most taxed and regulated state in the US.

Brown got huge support from teachers’ unions and other unions in general during the election. Here’s the inevitable payback:

Unions such as the California Federation of Teachers have indicated they may gather signatures to put a measure on a statewide ballot seeking higher taxes on the wealthy.

Brown got a standing ovation yesterday at the California State Parent Teacher Association’s convention in Long Beach when he said he would not support reduced spending on schools.
‘You’ve Got a Friend’

“I want you to know you’ve got a friend, an ally and a partner as we go forward together,” he said.

Leaving the podium, he held up a sign he was handed that read, “Cuts Hurt Kids.”

Like I said before, I applaud unions across the nation to do everything they can to turn off this young generation and self-destruct over the long run.


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