|Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth Issues Statement on Today’s Legislative Maneuvers|
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2010
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Sacramento, CA – Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta) issued the following statement in response to legislative actions today in the California State Senate.
“Today’s action was nothing more than an end-run around Proposition 13 by the Democrats to ensure the Governor’s signature on the tax increases on his desk.
“Governor Schwarzenegger had previously pledged to veto any legislation passed by a simple majority vote that raised taxes on gasoline in California. The legislative tactics used today are fundamentally unfair, an abuse of process and in direct violation of the 2/3rds vote requirement for all tax increases.
“Californians currently hold the Legislature in low esteem and these types of procedural shenanigans only justify that opinion. California’s legislative Democrats today used the same type of outlandish maneuvers that resulted in passage of the healthcare takeover bill in Congress over the weekend,” stated Hollingsworth.
On a positive note, the Legislature did pass the Homebuyer Tax Credit originally authored by Republican Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield). “Even though the Democrats took a Republican bill and made it their own, we are pleased to see the policy of important tax credits pass with bipartisan support,” said Hollingsworth.