Well, at least with Jerry Brown, as opposed to Arnold, on occasion you get a glimpse into what the hell is going on. And on this occasion, we know what the hell is going on, the Republicans do not want the temporary extensions until a fall election can decide the fate of the rest of the tax extensions.
Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican legislators said Tuesday they are in a budget standoff over whether to extend higher sales and vehicle taxes until a mid-September election.
Without legislative action, the state sales tax is slated to decline by one percentage point and the vehicle license fee by half a percentage point on July 1. Brown wants to forestall those reductions until voters can decide in a fall special election whether to keep higher rates for as many as five years.
“That’s the big sticking point,” Brown said Tuesday in a phone interview.
The Democratic governor and GOP lawmakers said they were close to compromises over a spending cap, pension cuts and environmental regulation changes. Republicans agreed that the tax bridge to the election remains the fundamental divide.(SacBee)
Because all those other things are related to the budget, they got tossed in first? I suppose a more simple explanation is that Brown yielded a bunch of ground to get to the September vote, which now seems reasonably assured, and then just couldn’t give up on the so-called tax bridge.
We have basically until Monday before the Assembly and Senate leaders are going to be demanding some sort of vote. Whether the handful of votes are there for a tax bridge will likely remain in doubt until that point. However, given the situation now being that there are, according to Senate GOP leaders, no votes for it, its future remains very iffy. Of course, we could hope that a few Republicans take a gamble on the shifting political landscape and vote for the bridge, but that will involve a lot of back room dealing with what one can only imagine is a lot of very tough questions of how much the Democratic caucus leaders are going to challenge some of these new Republican leaning (but not guaranteed) seats.