Diary

Cal Senate Dems Desperate for Third RINO

Got two, need one more, anyone?

After two days of Democrats trying desperately to convince the GOP that what they were trying to accomplish wasn’t really to raise taxes to appease their union benefactors but to save the state, they failed to coerce enough of the Republicans to get it done.

The Democrats did manage to convince two of the three Republicans they needed, Senate GOP leader Dave Cogdill of Modesto and Sen. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield. The third was thought to be Dave Cox of Fair Oaks, but he refused to provide the needed vote on Sunday’s senate session.

That turned the eyes of the Democrat majority to Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria.

Maldonado, who had recently been at war with state controller John Chiang over the latter’s purchase of office furniture, seemed on the fence, saying;

“Barack Obama is giving a tax break to 95 percent of Californians. We’re trying to give a tax increase to 95 percent of Californians,” he told one interviewer.

But Maldonado didn’t close the door completely and by Sunday afternoon was telling The Bee that “I’m very concerned with the tax package (but) everything’s fluid. … I don’t want my state to go off the cliff, OK? I don’t want that.”

One day earlier, on Saturday it was one of their own, Democrat Sen. Lou Correa of Orange county, who appeared to be the problem vote. He didn’t like the tax option either. That is, until as if by magic;

“language had been inserted… that would give Orange County $35 million in additional property tax revenues in the coming fiscal year; $35 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year, and up to $50 million annually after that.”

Correa’s vote was in the bag.

So it ended up a bust with angry senate leader chiding Republicans “And I wish to God that you could deviate just a little bit, just a little bit from your philosophy, from this endless mantra of no new revenue, no new revenue ever, and be participant and a partner with us in solving this problem.” Still the man refuses to accept that his definition of “revenue” is “taxes”, and would further hurt the working people of California.

And what’s left? We go back to the possibility of the illegal simple majority tax increase that will be killed in court anyway.

What really funny about all this is we’re starting to hear whispers of the whole budget package not being enough even if passed!

Looming over the weekend, meanwhile, was a fear – actually voiced at one point by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass – that even a package as immense as the one being proposed would fall short if the economy continued to deteriorate and revenues continued to decline.

What then? Nobody knows.

Nobody knows? Even I know the answer to that. They’ll want to raise taxes again.