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Hold on to your wallet | assembly, democrat, speaker – Victorville Daily Press

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Democrats have increased their majorities to two-thirds in both the California Assembly and Senate. That supermajority means they could pass tax increases without any Republican votes, and even could overturn vetoes by the governor, who, like every other statewide elected official, also is a Democrat.

Said Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, “This just gives us 54 people (out of 80 Assembly members) that we know are going to come together on Day 1 to focus on improving the economy.”

But there’s no way more tax increases could “improve” the economy. Especially since voters just approved Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to increase taxes by $6 billion. California already had the highest sales tax of any state; Prop. 30 makes it even higher, at 8 percent in Orange County. And it pushes the top state income tax rate to 13.3 percent, jumping over Hawaii’s formerly highest U.S. state rate, 11 percent.

“Hold onto your wallet,” Jack Pitney told us; he’s a professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College. “There will be a substantial number of legislators who see this as an opportunity to pass their wish list. And the wish list comes at a price tag. The question is: How many legislators will recognize the danger of overreacting?”

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  1. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    The gop has been ran out of the state, California has been leading the nation for a century let’s keep that leadership position and fill the vacuum with some conservative common sense.

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      Huh? 47th is leading?? OK…. NO better yet lets all get behind the DNC bus and push like hell as it goes over the cliff.

      I want my gubment stuff…. I’m going to get my Gubment stuff…. Anyone know the number to get an Obama Phone?

      • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

        Many things that are government stuff is really the citizens stuff in the first place, the question is who should benefit from all our wealth, our tax dollars, our natural, and human resources. many and I won’t say what side of the isle they are on but I will say they believe any wealth has to be distributed by a subsidized major corporation., kind of like double dipping they get it for free to in turn sell it to the rightful owners the citizens.
        It is the consumer’s demand that creates opportunity and commerce not the rich and not big government. For many it seem hard for them to remember what independence is all about.

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