Experts: GOP Will Kill State Taxes



Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, a bounty of experts predict that no matter how much pain the new $11 billion budget crisis will cause, Republican state legislators will never agree to any new taxes. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for a special legislative session this month to address the new budget mess, but Assembly Republican caucus leader Mike Villines called the notion of new taxes "crazy." Schwarzenegger has proposed the state's first oil extraction tax, a temporary hike in the sales tax, and an expansion of economic activity covered by the sales tax. Said expansion includes, and we're not making this up, golf lessons. When golf instructors can't help Chevron execs make par on the fourteenth hole without the government wetting its beak, what is the world coming to?