Democratic legislative leaders are planning to use a series of complex legal maneuvers to raise Californians' gas, sales and income taxes over the objection of Republican lawmakers, who have been able to block such proposals in the past.More coverage: California Democrats Devise Plan To Hike Taxes:
Under the Democrats' plan, sales taxes would increase by three-fourths of a cent. Gas taxes would go up by 13.5 cents per gallon. And a surcharge of 2.5% would be added to income taxes.
By structuring them as fees, they would skirt GOP opponents and raise $9.3 billion; A court fight looms, Los Angeles Times, Decemeber 18, 2008.
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