PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
January 12, 2012 | 5:41 pm

Republican state senators say Gov. Jerry Brown is overstating the need for new tax hikes, according to an internal analysis.

The 61-page report, which examines Brown’s proposals from a Republican perspective, said state tax revenues will bounce back without the temporary taxes the governor wants.

Brown wants voters to approve a half-cent increase in the sales tax and higher levies on wealthy residents at the ballot box this November. Without the taxes, he says, the state will cut $5.4 billion in spending, mostly from public schools.

But Republicans, who have opposed all of Brown’s efforts to raise taxes, are digging in against the governor’s proposal.

“Revenues are already growing by nearly 6% this year without increasing taxes, and are expected to grow even more rapidly in the near future,” the report said. “It is irresponsible to push for an unnecessary tax increase, and even more reckless to use schoolchildren as hostages by making education the target for his trigger cuts if voters do not approve his tax increase initiative.”

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