Capitol Alert
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January 5, 2011

The national anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform will e-mail and fax letters tomorrow to California legislators who signed its no-tax pledge, warning them the group will consider any vote to put tax extension measures on the ballot a violation of that pledge, said the group’s state affairs director Patrick Gleason.

Gov. Jerry Brown is planning to make major budget cuts and also ask voters to extend temporary tax increases that are set to lapse this year.

All of California’s Republican legislators in both houses have signed the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” except Sen. Anthony Cannella, of Ceres, and Sen. Sam Blakeslee, of San Luis Obispo, who has not signed since becoming a senator last year, Gleason said. No Democratic legislators have signed the pledge.

The pledge reads: “I (name of official) pledge to the taxpayers of the (blank) district of the state of (blank) and all the people of this state that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

Gleason said asking voters whether they wanted to extend tax increases qualified as an effort to increase taxes.

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