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Senate Leader Says New Power Doesn't Mean New Taxes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says now that Democrats hold a supermajority, they have an enormous responsibility.

He says they may have the power to raise taxes without Republican votes but that doesn't mean they will.

Steinberg: "When we talk about revenue, it ought to be in the context of tax reform, that's what we ought to be talking about, about broadening the base, about lowering rates, about creating a more competitive environment for business and potentially bringing in more revenue but for tax reform."

Steinberg says he would also like to see the legislature use its supermajority to put constitutional amendments on the ballot that would change the initiative process.

Senate Republican leader Bob Huff conceded that the Democrats have control in both houses.

He says getting California back on track will require a focus on job creation and improved oversight of taxpayer resources.

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