Patrick Gleason, a spokesman for the taxpayer’s rights group, Americans for Tax Reform, agreed that increasing taxes is not the answer to California’s massive deficits.
‘It’s like giving booze to an alcoholic,’ he told ‘It doesn’t help them address their problem; it just would allow some unsustainable spending to continue.
I think they (California voters) were making a point to send their message to the politicians in Sacramento: that business-as-usual can’t go on.’”
“‘These fights presage a 2010 election that is looking increasingly like 1994,’ said Grover Norquist, president of the Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform and a top conservative strategist. ‘Democrats will have blood all over their hands.’”
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, told TAS that is consistent with the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "We would prefer an income tax cut without any offsetting excise tax increase on anybody," Norquist says. "But tax reform — moving from one tax to another — does not violate the pledge." Raising the cigarette tax without any compensatory tax cuts in order to finance increased government spending, however, does.”