Capitol Alert
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September 8, 2011

Senate GOP leader Bob Dutton has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to hold off pushing his corporate tax package in the final two days of the legislative session and instead call a special session on jobs and tax reform.

“There is nothing more complex than tax reform, and trying to jam through a proposal on the last day of session without transparency or input from the public and tax experts is irresponsible,” the Rancho Cucamonga Republican wrote in a letter to Brown.

The Democratic governor held a press conference early this afternoon to announce that he had reached a deal to win the two GOP votes in the Assembly needed to pass his proposal, which was first unveiled last month. But Brown still needs the votes of at least two Senate Republicans in order to pass the plan, which includes a change to corporate tax calculations that is projected to raise about $1 billion annually that would be directed to specific tax breaks.

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