Schwarzenegger Pledges to Veto Higher Taxes

By Judy Lin | June 17, 2009 | 5:15 PM EDT
Sacramento (AP) - Gov. 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.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has warned Democratic lawmakers who are considering raising taxes to solve California's budget problems: Don't even try.