Skip to comments.Jerry Brown, Grover Norquist, spar on tax plan
Posted on 05/25/2011 8:12:13 AM PDT by SmithL
Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he is actively negotiating a budget deal with Republicans while conservative activist Grover Norquist roamed Capitol hallways urging GOP leaders to hold the line against taxes.
The two never met, though they had plenty to say about one another.
"Can Norquist spook the legislators?" Brown told reporters after speaking with California State University presidents. "I don't believe so. I think he's going to come out here to California and meet his match."
Norquist wields a big stick when it comes to California's budget: A one-sentence pledge against higher taxes signed by nearly all GOP lawmakers. The president of Washington, D.C.-based Americans for Tax Reform says placing a tax measure on the ballot for voters to decide, as Brown wants, would violate the promise.
His visit came eight days after Brown issued a new budget that relies on extensions of higher tax rates on sales and vehicles, as well as a return to higher income taxes, to bridge a remaining $9.6 billion deficit. Lawmakers already approved cuts to higher education and health and welfare in March.
Norquist said he traveled to Sacramento to meet with legislators "serious about stopping tax increases."
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Meet his match? So Brown is a pro Muslim anti Semite? Interesting.
Just for info for all FReepers:
Grover Norquist = “a pro Muslim anti Semite”
I didn't know that about ol' Grover, I generally ignore him as a crank. Why is it Norquist debating Brown and not, I don't know, a elected Republican with a spine?