On politics in the Golden State
July 24, 2011 | 7:03 pm

The top Democrat in the state Senate said he is shelving until 2012 one of the year’s most explosive legislative gambits: a proposed law to grant cities, counties and more than 1,000 school districts broad new taxing authority.

The bill, which has already passed through the state Senate, would have allowed local officials, with approval of voters, to enact new taxes on things including income, cars, alcohol and medical marijuana. Business and taxpayer groups mobilized against it, threatening to fight it at the ballot.

In an interview, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said he was tabling his measure as Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown work to stitch together a political alliance — that would hopefully include some of the business groups angered by his bill — to push for a statewide tax initiative next year.

“We don’t want to work at cross-purposes to build a broad-based coalition,” he said.

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