Valley Voice: When political promises play out like cynical New Year's resolutions

When Gov. Jerry Brown ran in 2010 he promised not to raise taxes without voter approval. That promise was instrumental to his support base. 

To be fair, he kept it for awhile. But like we promise ourselves every New Year to follow through with some elusive diet plan, to exercise or live a more balanced lifestyle it seems to have faded from memory.

BACKGROUND: In 2012, Brown campaigned for Proposition 30, a temporary tax increase to fund education. Voters approved it. Proposition 30 was short-term aid for an ailing economy, but in California, “yesterday’s patch, is today’s solution.” Brown then went on to champion Proposition 55, extending much of the Proposition 30 temporary tax, which voters approved for another 12 years.

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Mike Foster