Podcast: Deep In The Heart of Taxes

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Sure, that's a corny headline. But this week's Capital Notes Podcast is, in fact, mostly about taxes: the tax proposal from legislative Democrats.

That proposal is a key part of the Dem budget plan offered up earlier this week, a plan that also proposes deeper spending cuts and even a formal suspension of the constitutional school funding guarantee.

The Sacramento Bee's Kevin Yamamura joins me for a look at the budget proposal, as well as its chances for breaking the impasse that's now going strong into its second month.

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new multimedia California Politics & Government Desk.  He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades -- serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and, most recently, as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. He moderated the only gubernatorial debate of 2014, and was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.
  • Peter

    The Chronicle’s Kevin Fagan reported on how Republican Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chairman Jim Nielsen insisted on protecting his constituents in Modoc County from the State budget cuts he demanded for everyone else: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/30/MNUU18ETCF.DTL. It’s sad that the 63% Democratic majority in the Legislature will actually let the GOP pimp them like this. By threatening to revoke the few GOP votes needed to pass a budget, the Republicans are able to manipulate the Democrats into:
    1) supporting Republican legislative leaders’ lies about their commitment to fiscal austerity;
    2) corrupting deliberations in the Legislature;
    3) screwing the 63% of Californians the Democrats represent by adopting budgets that offend their values, and;
    4) taking full blame for adopting a budget nobody in the Capitol, and almost no one anywhere else, really supports.
    The Democrats are a pathetic excuse for a party.