California Democrats’ supermajority powers will be short-lived (Mercury News)

December 3, 2012 – When Democrats last month achieved broad taxing powers by capturing supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, Democratic leaders immediately ruled out new taxes, saying they didn’t want to be seen as overreaching just after voters approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s $6 billion annual tax hike. “We will exercise this new power with strength, but also with humility and reason,” promised Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. But it turns out the call for restraint wasn’t as magnanimous as it may have seemed.

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