May 24th, 2011, 5:20 pm
Posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

National anti-tax leader Grover Norquist traveled to Sacramento today in an effort to fortify the Republican legislators’ unanimous opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown‘s proposed extension of temporary car, sales and income tax hikes.

“This whole spending cuts in exchange for tax increases game never works out well for Republicans or taxpayers or other living things,” Norquist wrote in advance of his visit. “The tax hikes end up being very real and the spending cuts never come to fruition.”

Brown and the Legislature have agreed to $11 billion in cuts and transfers to help cover the budget deficit and the state would get an estimated $13 billion more to cover the rest of the gap through the proposed tax extensions, which expire June 30. Brown wants a September ballot measure asking voters to approve reinstituting the taxes.

Brown has all Democratic legislators on board for putting the measure on the ballot and has been talking to a handful of Republicans in order to win the four GOP votes he needs to qualify the proposition. He said he didn’t think Norquist’s visit would succeed in interfering with his effort to break the Republican blockade.

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