Via the mayorsam blog via the Fresno Bee, that super-upbeat, super-flashy guy, gloomy Gray Davis, is saying that California Governor Jerry Brown, um, probable governor, will immediately set a Special Election to ask Californians to raise taxes.
God, which is worse? Another special election. Just shoot us all now.
Or another special election to get us to vote for more taxes. That's shades of Arnold Schwarzenegger, in May of 2009, and his failed Propositions 1A through 1Zillion. Is Jerry gonna pull this off?
He's still running those radio ads (on KNX? on KFI? or is it just everywhere?) saying he opposes new taxes "without voter approval."
But remember how Jerry Brown badly dumped on the billions in new taxes Arnold wanted voters to take on, by approving Propositions 1A through 1F in the May 19, 2009 Special Election?
California is "one of the highest tax states around ... so we've got to be competitive. We can't drive all the jobs out and tax the few people who stay."
Then, just days later, right after Schwarzenegger praised Brown as "top cop in California," and "a good friend and a great supporter of our administration" Brown flip-flopped, big-time, saying to the Chronicle about the fat hikes on the 2009 ballot:
"If these don't pass, it's going to make the next governor's job that much tougher,'' said Brown, who called Prop. 1A "a crucial proposition ... because the state needs the money and the state needs the spending cap."
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California voters gave the 2009 tax package a bit fat pllffftttt!
You can count on one hand the states where U.S. voters have backed new taxes during this recession. One finger is better imagery perhaps.
If gloomy Gray is right, how will Jerry, even with all his wizened, balding knowledge, talk voters into this?
It's just a drop in the bucket, sure, but shouldn't a nasty collection team tap the crowd that's delinquent, published on this California Franchise Tax Board list, and topped by Halsey and Shannon Minor, who owe $13,120,479.39 to the state?