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Last shots taken at Schwarzenegger

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the four legislative leaders appeared poised Wednesday afternoon to agree on fixes to the $26.3 billion budget deficit, but labor leaders and Democratic lawmakers were taking some final shots at the governor for failing to include tax hikes in his proposed solutions.

Some were still hopeful for a shift in negotiations, though the governor said before a Big 5 meeting that he expected agreement — that included no taxes — by the end of the day.

“We have to create an environment for there to be a discussion about revenues,” said Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont, a candidate for Attorney General. “The governor hasn’t asked corporations to do anything, and he hasn’t asked millionaires for any sacrifice, though both groups benefitted the most from the Bush policies. It is possible to get revenues in these times because we’re asking working class families, children and the disabled to carry too much of a load.”

Torrico spoke at a Capitol rally organized by the California Labor Federation, one of a handful around the state, including in San Francisco.

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, who is running for the 10th Congressional District, said he understood the “reality” that Democrats face: the requirement of a two-thirds vote on taxes, Republican opposition, and the governor’s insistence that taxes will not be a part of the mix.

“But when you have the ability to raise taxes
on tobacco and oil, where you could do those taxes that wouldn’t impact working people,” said DeSaulnier, who also spoke at the rally, “I don’t know why we wouldn’t in exchange for the cuts that will make things real tough on people.”

A recent poll showed nearly three-fourths of voters — including 65 percent of Republicans — favored hiking tobacco taxes as part of solving the state’s revenue shortfall.

DeSaulnier said he was aware that his own leader, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, had said as early as July 2 that taxes were not “realistic, not what we are holding out for.”

But, DeSaulnier said, “there are those of us in the Bay Area and Los Angeles who feel we should be more aggressive on taxes, just as Republicans have been very aggressive in opposing them.”

If the rally was having little effect on the negotiations inside the building, it allowed union members to vent and ridicule Schwarzenegger for comments he made recently for The New York Times Magazine. He’d said he hasn’t gotten depressed over the tough budget choices he’s having to make, and that whatever happens, “I will sit down in my Jacuzzi tonight. I’m going to lay back with a stogie.”

Acting as a backdrop to the speakers was a banner with a photo of Schwarznegger puffing a cigar: “Don’t Let Our State’s Future Go Up In Smoke.” The crowd of a couple hundred chanted, “fire Arnold,” and “hands off our schools.”

Even after Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, had said that negotiations were wrapping up, Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, the budget chairwoman, maintained a critical tone toward the governor, saying the he needs “compassion, not contempt for the most vulnerable. Investing in people is not waste, fraud and abuse.”

Labor leaders said they were frustrated that Schwarzenegger had used a misreading of the May 19 special election to reject taxes as a solution. Schwarzenegger said that voters declared they did not want any more taxes when they rejected five of six ballot measures, including one that would have extended taxes by $16 billion.

“That wasn’t the message from voters,” said Art Pulaski, the executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation. “It was ‘get back in the building and solve the state’s problems.’ (The governor’s reading of the polls) was a knee-jerk reaction that oversimplified what voters wanted.”

Reach Steven Harmon at 916-441-2101 or [email protected]
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1 comment to Last shots taken at Schwarzenegger

  • Lucky Strikes

    My dad was a corpsman with the 3rd Marines at Guadalcanal and Bougainville during World War Two. He was 17 and often spent nights in the jungle holding a wounded buddy in his arms, fighting to save the soldier’s life as he murmured for his mom or sweetheart and then slipped away. I can see my dad now in my mind’s eye, letting go of the dead Marine and reaching into his pocket for another Lucky Strike.

    The old Lucky Strike green packaging had grown starkly red as the war went on. Green was in high demand in those days for uniforms, camouflage, and paint for tanks and jeeps. Lucky Strike took advantage of the color of the times by announcing, “Lucky Strike Green Has Gone To War!” The tobacco folks made sure of it by sending millions of free packs of cigarettes to American soldiers overseas, quickly addicting them to a drug that would kill them with even less mercy than the enemy, plus it would take a lot longer.

    With any luck, I’m about to outlive my dad. I’ll be 63 in another couple of months, just about the same age as he was when he died in a thrall of convulsions resulting from the tobacco which had destroyed his heart and his lungs and his spirit. I held him in my arms as he quivered into unconsciousness and I helped pull the plug so he could finally die.

    I agree with my politically conservative friends. Let’s not raise taxes on tobacco.

    Let’s ban it!

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