Given the fact that the Republicans have no interest whatsoever in reforming our broken revenue system in a way that would be palatable to the majority of Californians, it leaves the Legislature looking for other solutions. The majority vote revenue package has been hanging around for a while, and Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a version of it last year. But, the Democrats are bringing it back.
Assembly Democrats decided to find money to cut textbook costs for college students by closing a corporate tax loophole on multinational corporations.
By casting Assembly Bill 1178 as revenue neutral, raising and cutting equal sums in taxes, Democrats could ignore Republican opposition and pass the measure by a simple majority.
The bill moved to the Senate by the bare-minimum number of votes required, 41-28. (LA Times)
Of course, the Republicans haven’t met a tax loophole that isn’t sacred, a credit which isn’t deified. They have no interest in working with the Democrats and the majority of the country.
While majorities may support the supermajority, majorities also favor a working government. And right now, the Republicans are nothing but an obstacle to good governance.