I’m headed to a budget event hosted by Next10 here in San Francisco shortly, and before I head off, I think it was worth discussing how tumultuous even the best case scenario is at this point.
So, what is that best case scenario? Somehow, Jerry manages to find the few votes that he needs for the so-called “tax bridge” and then we head to the ballot in September. Yes, September. What is certain to be a pretty low turnout election, we somehow have to make people understand just how important this revenue really is. And that isn’t going to be easy.
As Gov. Jerry Brown presses Republicans for a mid-September election on taxes, a major Democratic labor ally warned Wednesday that going to the electorate is “terribly fraught with peril.”
David Kieffer, executive director of the Service Employees International Union California State Council, instead wants lawmakers to reach a bipartisan agreement to extend taxes in the Legislature.
He said his group is not obligated to finance a fall tax campaign and would have to weigh that multimillion-dollar expense against spending in 2012 legislative races.(SacBee)
Let’s be honest, we do not have an unlimited pool of campaign funds, and the Democrats haven’t been exactly the greatest partner for labor or some other constituencies during the last few years of slash and burn. But yes, they could finance the campaign. Or they could sit it out and watch as a crisis really ensues.
And that’s the best case. Yay!