Jerry Brown concedes defeat on tax deal
After failing to get enough votes for passage of a last-minute, $1-billion tax package, Gov. Jerry Brown Friday night accused some legislators of bowing to special interests at the expense of California taxpayers.
Brown had proposed ending a provision that benefits companies with large workforces outside California that sell many products in the state, like tobacco corporations. He would have used the savings for a small business tax cut and tax relief for up to 4 million California families.
The proposal passed the Assembly on Thursday night but fell far short of the 27 votes needed for passage in the Senate on Friday night. One Democrat voted against it, and four did not register their position.
In a statement, Brown said: "It's unbelievable that so many politicians in Sacramento would choose to help cigarette makers and other out-of-state companies at the expense of California jobs."
Technically the bill could be reconsidered early Saturday, as the Legislature wraps up its business for the year through the morning hours.
-Nicholas Riccardi in Sacramento
Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images