It always turns out there is some pressing reason to maintain the "temporary" sales tax increase at its current level, or to raise it even higher.
If Governor Schwarzenegger rescinds his pledge not to raise taxes, L.A. County will be looking at a possible sales tax rate of just under 10%, with Orange County just under 9%.
This will certainly not help the economy. All it does is "help" legislators to continue spending too much money. Things are rocky enough for all of us now without seeing more of our incomes swallowed up by the state.
Republican Assemblyman Chuck Devore: "You're talking about raising the cost of living on working Californians at precisely the time inflation is beginning to raise its ugly head. The last thing that hardworking Californians need right now is, in effect, an increase to their cost of living by making everything they purchase, with the exception of food and medicine, more expensive."