Senate Democrats Say Deficit Now More Than 11-Billion

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tax oil produced in the state and restore the car tax—the one the Governor cut when he first took office. Those are the proposals by top Senate Democrats to shrink the ballooning budget deficit.  Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata says it’s up to Governor Schwarzenegger to get G.O.P lawmakers on board with the idea of raising taxes.  

“He has the agenda, he’s a Republican, the Republicans are the ones that have been resistant to anything that we believe is a responsible way for proceeding through the darkness…”

A spokeswoman for Senate Republican leader Dave Cogdill says taxes are not an option because they are bad for the economy.  Schwarzenegger is calling back the current legislature to deal with the state’s fiscal problems.  However they have only a few weeks to accomplish something.  A new group of lawmakers will begin the next session in December.