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20th February
2009
written by Sean Noble

It didn’t take long for Americans for Tax Reform to react to the California budget deal, made possible by State Senator Abel Maldonado, who had previously signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  Here is an excerpt from ATR’s press release:

Early today the California Senate passed a budget agreement that will raise taxes by $70 billion. Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) provided the deciding vote. The California Assembly approved the deal shortly thereafter.

In approving this massive tax increase Sen. Maldonado has violated a written promise he made to Californians that he would “oppose any and all efforts to raise taxes.” Other Golden State lawmakers who broke this same commitment today include Sen. Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto), Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield), Assemblyman Mike Villines (R-Clovis) and Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia).

“It is a truly sad day for California taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “It is never good when a politician breaks a promise to constituents, but it is unconscionable when a broken promise results in a $70 billion tax hike in the middle of a recession .”

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3 Comments

  1. Niki
    20/02/2009

    Ouch.

  2. Margot
    20/02/2009

    Did they not think they were going to be called out for promise breaking and hypocrisy? What exactly were they thinking?

  3. Mollie
    20/02/2009

    So much for adhering to principles.

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