Anti-tax group reminds lawmakers of no-tax pledge

January 6, 2011 5:54:17 PM PST
A national anti-tax group is reminding some state lawmakers they signed a pledge to oppose any efforts to increase taxes.

Members of Americans For Tax Reform sent out e-mails and letters Thursday informing California's Republican lawmakers that the group considers any vote, even to put a tax extension measure on the state ballot, a violation of their pledge.

"And they could not use as a dodge, 'Well, I'm just letting the voters decide.' If you're going to put something on the ballot, then you're voting for whatever it is substantively that you're trying to get on the ballot," says Jon Coupal from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

All state Republican legislators signed the pledge except for Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres and Sen. Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo.

Gov. Brown reportedly wants to call a special election and ask voters to extend tax increases that are set to expire this year.