Former assemblyman broke no-tax pledge
January 03, 2011 5:25 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SACRAMENTO • As Roy Ashburn vacates his seat on the state Senate, he’s stepping into a nearly $130,000-a-year job on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tapped Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, for the four-year Sacramento post as one of his last acts as governor.

Schwarzenegger made the official announcement Sunday, but last week a Sacramento blog operated by an official with the state GOP party said the governor had secretly awarded Ashburn a cushy appointment in exchange for Ashburn’s budget vote nearly two years ago.

Ashburn, along with Assemblyman Anthony Adams, was one of six Republicans who crossed party lines in 2009 to vote in favor of $12.5 billion in tax hikes. The vote came amid California’s $42 billion deficit despite having the highest sales tax, income tax and gas tax in the nation.

Both Ashburn and Adams faced reprimands from the state Republican Party and unsuccessful recall efforts for breaking their no-tax pledges.

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