By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Fri, January 14th, 2011

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association hosted a taxpayers’ summit yesterday in Sacramento and, along with other state and local taxpayer groups, presented a united front against the proposed tax increases and extensions in Governor Brown’s budget.

Anticipating a well-funded campaign by public sector unions in support of the tax increases, HJTA president Jon Coupal argued that a vocal and concentrated effort could still defeat the taxes. Pointing out that the last six tax increase measures on the state ballot were defeated, Coupal said supporters of the tax measures could outspend opponents by ten to one and still lose. Public employee unions are expected to contribute millions of dollars to pass the tax increases, if they qualify for the ballot.

Before there is an election campaign over taxes, the legislature must put the tax measures on the ballot. State Republican Party official and publisher of the FlashReport website, Jon Fleischman, indicated that his survey of the Republican legislators showed no support to move the tax measures forward. He noted that all Republican legislators who voted for the tax increase in 2009 were no longer in the Capitol.

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