New group forms to oppose Prop 1A

Supporters of Proposition 1A launched a statewide television ad campaign today. KPCC’s Brian Watt says a new group also fired up its campaign against the ballot measure.

Supporters of Proposition 1A launched a statewide television ad campaign today. KPCC’s Brian Watt says a new group also fired up its campaign against the ballot measure.

Brian Watt: Californians Against New Taxes is a largely Republican group that calls Proposition 1A the most extensive tax increase in state history. The group counts former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan among its supporters:

Richard Riordan: Proposition 1A was written off the backs of the poor in this state.

Watt: Prop 1A would extend increases in vehicle license fees, sales, and personal income taxes. Riordan says that’s regressive. Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy said the state’s budget grows every year – but this year, the budget deficit has ballooned to its largest size ever.

Peter Foy: You have to find ways to live within your means and balance all aspects of city government, county government, and we’re asking the state to do the same thing.

Watt: Prop 1A’s supporters – including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – say it will fix a broken state budgeting process by placing a cap on spending – and by directing more money into a “rainy day” fund.

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