Schwarzenegger Pledges to Veto Higher Taxes
June 17, 2009Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has warned Democratic lawmakers who are considering raising taxes to solve California's budget problems: Don't even try.
The Republican governor told reporters Wednesday that he will veto any budget bill that includes new taxes beyond what he has already proposed.
His declaration comes a day after a Democratic-controlled legislative committee wrapped up its work on a proposed budget bill.
Schwarzenegger and lawmakers already increased personal income, sales and vehicle taxes in a February budget deal. The governor says another general tax increase would be "irresponsible."
Disagreement raises the prospect of another prolonged deadlock that could jeopardize the state's finances.
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