They claim the democratic majority has ignored the will of the taxpayer , contributing to the current budget deficit and making the state unattractive for businesses.
“We’re not going to do things that we know are harmful to hardworking California families,” Taxpayer caucus co-chair Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, said. “We know they’re living paycheck to paycheck and we’re not going to treat them like an ATM machine. We are not going to be part of hurting those hard-working families that are just getting by. The answer is no, it should be no surprise that republicans don’t want higher taxes.”
The group vowed not to put any tax extensions on the June ballot unless Gov. Jerry Brown agrees to a tax cut measure of equal of greater value. Will this work?
“We do believe in the voters that if you offer a tax cut at the same time as a tax increase the people of California would vote for the tax cut because they know that will put people back to work,” Strickland said.
Taxpayer caucus members also took issue with Brown for not putting forth budget solutions, saying GOP caucuses from both houses met with him two weeks ago.
“Then I see in the paper that he’s saying well I’m sitting around waiting for the Republicans to give the Democrats some ideas, I’m sitting around waiting for the Republicans to give us ideas,” Taxpayer caucus co-chair Donald Wagner, R-Irvine said. “Well, the fact is two weeks ago governor we sat in a room with you and we gave you some of those ideas, and instead of us being the party of no we were the party of ideas and instead of us saying no, you said no, no, no to each one of them.”
Well while they posture and talk, the budget crisis goes on. We need the lawmakers to look at this budget and make it work. I am not sure about making a camp and calling it a caucus helps. Let’s cut the pork.
We have some new lawmakers in Sacramento that could come together and make this happen. We need to make California business and family friendly again! It will take cuts from both sides. Work on that budget!—–Paul Schrader