Now that I am not making a living at politics, I think I
understand why people get so frustrated by what they see going on
in politics. These guys must think we are stupid.
Nunez says yesterday he wants to raise the car tax. John
Laird, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, says "this
problem cannot be resolved by cuts alone. It will take a
combination of tax increases and spending cuts."
Raising the car tax was in the talking points of Steve Peace,
chairman of the Senate Budget Committee in the Gray Davis
years. He actually put in a bill to allow the Governor to
raise the car tax unilaterally, without a vote of the
Legislature. When the Governor tried to do that, he got
recalled. Of course, the people that counseled the Governor
to raise that tax didn’t lose their jobs, they just went to work
for the next Governor.
Tax increases and budget cuts were in the talking points of John
Vasconcellos, Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee in the
1991-92 budget crisis. Then Governor Pete Wilson bought into
that line, and in a $14 billion deficit (on a $41 billion budget as
opposed to today’s $111 budget), supposedly cut… Read More