‘We Will Not Increase the Taxes’
In a surprise appearance before the California Chamber of Commerce last week with serious budget negotiations just about to start, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reiterated his opposition to tax increases.
Schwarzenegger, thinking he couldn’t return in time from his weekend trip to the Middle East, had sent a stand-in , actor Tom Arnold , to address the business leaders. But Schwarzenegger made it after all, and after telling a long anecdote he said he’d heard from the Israeli finance minister, Schwarzenegger turned to California’s fiscal problems:
“That’s what we are trying to do here: cut and cut and cut and make sure that we’re healthy as a state and that our public sector doesn’t go out of control. Because that’s what they want over there at the Capitol, some of those legislators. That’s what they want, to make it grow and grow so that the guy that carries it, which is the private sector, will stumble and stumble and he’ll never make it. But it will not happen under this leadership, let me tell you, because we will make the cuts. We will make the cuts and we will not increase the taxes, that is for sure. That is for sure.”
, From the web log of Daniel Weintraub, columnist for the Sacramento Bee