New State Senators Spoke of Budget and Taxes
Newly-elected and returning lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol Monday for swearing-in ceremonies.
Tuesday, December 7, 2004
(Swear-in natsound) State Senators were sworn in and within an hour went through the business of the house, which included formally electing their new President Pro-Tem Don Perata and hearing from both the Democratic and Republican leaders. G-O-P Senate leader Dick Ackerman spoke about the upcoming budget— with a familiar stance on taxes. Cut: Ack1 (:10) “We want an on-time budget that makes sense, with no new taxes, we need to make some structural reforms and we need to make some hard decisions this year which I think we can all do…” Later in the day, Democratic leaders said tax increases should be on the table. They vowed to work together in an unprecedented fashion to move their agenda forward, following a year when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed several key pieces of Democratic legislation. Lawmakers will return in January for the start of the session. SOC