School Board Trustee Anna Bryson has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her bid for California’s 73rd Assembly seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, commits signers to “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." 

Bryson, a 2014 candidate, is the first candidate in the race to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  In her time as a School Board Trustee for the Capistrano Unified Schoold District in Orange County, Bryson has ended prior deficit spending habits in the district and balanced the district budget without raising taxes. In addition, Bryson was successful in reducing the size of the district administration and helped push for greater transparency by posting the district's checkbook and budget online. Her actions exemplify the type of leadership Sacramento desperately needs. 

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. In the 113th Congress, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and approximately 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Anna Bryson for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Californians already contend with one of the highest state and local tax burdens in the nation and it is clear that the problem in Sacramento is overspending. For decades, politicians in Sacramento increased spending at a rate far beyond that of population growth and inflation,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“With onerously high tax rates forcing individuals, families, and employers out of the state in droves, it’s time that lawmakers reject more job-killing tax increases. By signing the Pledge, Anna Bryson demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers of California. I challenge all candidates for office in California to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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