SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP)- The state Senate has rejected extending recent tax hikes for another year to help close California’s $9.6 billion budget deficit but approved a bill that would allow local communities to more easily go to the voters for tax increases.
The Senate voted 22-15 along party lines Friday for the so-called “bridge tax,” which would have continued for one year increases in the sales and vehicle taxes enacted in 2009. The measure fell five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed.
The higher tax rates will expire June 30 unless they are renewed.
Democrats want a one-year renewal to give school districts certainty over their funding. Gov. Jerry Brown wants lawmakers to call a special election in September so voters can decide whether to extend the tax hikes for five years.
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