March 31, 2011 5:13 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

SACRAMENTO • As Gov. Jerry Brown gives up on budget talks with Republicans, Victor Valley state representatives say they plan to spend the next month working aggressively toward an allcuts solution to the state budget mess.

“I think that April is going to be a very interesting month because we’re getting to the point where (Brown’s) not getting the votes out of the Republicans,” Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, said by phone Wednesday.

California Republicans have held their line against putting five-year extensions of vehicle, sales and income tax hikes up for vote at a June special election.

However, Knight said he’s skeptical that Brown has lost hope in that proposal.

“I know that he’s saying that, but we’re keeping an eye on what the governor’s doing,” said Knight, who represents Victorville and Adelanto “I think that he abso lutely believes he needs these tax increases and so I believe that he’s going to push this one way or another,” such as through a November ballot initiative or majority vote without any Republican approval.

Knight said his anti-tax stance is based on two key issues: His belief that extending tax hikes would put the state at a “severe disadvantage competi tively” as it struggles to maintain and attract busi nesses, and the fear that the tax increases dubbed temporary would be eyed for extensions again and again.

Through Brown’s realignment proposal, local governments would have to take on new responsibilities, but there’s no clear funding mechanism for those mandates once the tax money runs out.

Sen. Sharon Runner R-Lancaster, said she’ confident they can reach bipartisan consensus on painful cuts needed to get the state spending within its means. Like fellow Republican lawmakers, she called for a hard spending cap and building a rainy-day fund.

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