Politics Blog
By Marisa Lagos
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – 03:32 p.m.

It appears that California Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert (Riverside County), is the latest victim of the state GOP’s intransigent position on taxes.

Nestande surprised his colleagues Monday when he voted with Democrats to close a corporate tax loophole in order fund scholarships for middle income college students. On Tuesday, he announced that he was stepping down as Republican caucus chairman, saying he “decided to take the side of my constituents and California businesses” with his vote Monday.

Like Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher — the formerly Republican representative from San Diego who broke with his party for similar reasons earlier this year to become an independent and who also voted in favor of the change Monday — Nestande said many California businesses support the tax change and more than a dozen GOP-controlled states already have a similar policy in place.

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