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CAPITOL TELEVISION NEWS SERVICE

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2007

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1. FLAVORED MALT BEVERAGE TAX...................VO/SOT

2. GOVERNOR SIMPLE MAJORITY........................VO/SOT

3. MORE MONEY, NO BUDGET..............................VO/SOT

4. ANTI WAR TOWN HALL......................................VO/SOT

GOVERNOR SIMPLE MAJORITY VO/SOT

LIVE: WHILE TOURING THE STATE CRITICIZING SENATE REPUBLICANS FOR NOT SUPPORTING THE BUDGET PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY LAST MONTH, THE GOVERNOR SUGGESTED HE MAY FAVOR REDUCING THE REQUIRED TWO THIRDS LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL FOR A BUDGET TO A SIMPLE MAJORITY. CALIFORNIANS VOTED DOWN AN INITIATIVE FOR A 55 PERCENT VOTE FOR BUDGET APPROVAL AND TAX HIKES IN 2004.

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VO: (:20) THE GOVERNOR'S STANCE SURPRISED TAX PAYER ADVOCACY GROUPS GIVEN VOTERS RECENT STANCE ON THE ISSUE. THE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER ISN'T AS SURPRISED, SAYING THE SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE IS NEITHER A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC CONCEPT. DICK ACKERMAN SAYS WITHOUT THE TWO THIRDS REQUIREMENT, THE STATE THIS YEAR WOULD HAVE APPROVED A SPENDING PLAN AT LEAST 700 MILLION DOLLARS OUT OF BALANCE AS THE ASSEMBLY'S VERSION IS, THAT DID NOT CURB FUTURE YEAR GROWTH THAT CAN'T BE SUPPORTED WITH DECLINING STATE REVENUES.

SUPER: SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DICK ACKERMAN/R-IRVINE

SOT: (:30)

SAYS: "I THINK IF CALIFORNIA DID NOT HAVE A TWO THIRDS REQUIREMENT GOING BACK FIVE OR SIX YEARS THAT OUR STATE WOULD PROBABLY BE BANKRUPT. THE SPENDING SPREE THE STATE WAS ON, THE LEGISLATURE WAS ON ALONG WITH GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS WOULD HAVE PUT US INTO BANKRUPTCY IF WE DID NOT HAVE A TWO THIRDS REQUIREMENT TO REIGN IN THAT SPENDING SOMEWHAT, SO I PREFER THE TWO THIRDS CALIFORNIA IS ONE OF THE FEW STATES, LIKE THREE OR FOUR BUT I THINK IT'S GOOD FOR CALIFORNIA."

SUPER: SENATOR TOM MCCLINTOCK/R-THOUSAND OAKS

SOT: (:23)

SAYS: "THAT'S THE REASON I SUPPORT THE MAJORITY VOTE FOR THE BUDGET BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED TO HOLD ONE PARTY OR THE OTHER ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE STATE'S FISCAL AFFAIRS, THE TWO THIRDS VOTE TENDS TO BLUR THAT DISTINCTION OVER TIME, BUT IT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED A STRENGTHENING OF THE TWO THIRDS VOTE REQUIREMENT FOR TAX INCREASES AND A STRENGTHENING OF THE BALANCED BUDGET REQUIREMENT IN THE CONSTITUTION."

VO TAG: SENATOR TOM MCCLINTOCK SAYS STRENGTHENING THE TWO THIRDS VOTE REQUIREMENT FOR TAX HIKES IS NECESSARY AFTER A COURT DECISION THAT IF REVENUE ENHANCEMENTS WERE CALLED FEES THEY COULD BE ENACTED WITH APPROVAL FROM A SIMPLE MAJORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE. MCCLINTOCK IS ADVOCATING FOR TWO THIRDS LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL AND APPROVAL FROM THE VOTERS AS IS THE CASE FOR LOCAL ASSESSMENTS AS PART OF HIS SUPPORT FOR A SIMPLE MAJORITY BUDGET REQUIREMENT. THE DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY SPEAKER HAS PROPOSED A POTENTIAL BALLOT INITIATIVE THAT WOULD CHANGE THE BUDGET VOTE REQUIREMENT FROM TWO THIRDS TO A SIMPLE MAJORITY.

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SUPER: SENATOR TOM MCCLINTOCK/R-THOUSAND OAKS

SOT: (:30)

SAYS: "THE SINCLAIR PAINT DECISION SAYS AS LONG AS YOU CALL IT A FEE YOU CAN RAISE ANY TAX YOU LIKE. IT COMES FROM A PAINT COMPANY THAT WAS ASSESSED A LEAD ABATEMENT FEE ALTHOUGH IT'S NEVER USED LEAD IN ITS PRODUCTS, THE SUPREME COURT SAID THAT'S PERFECTLY OKAY, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL A TAX A FEE AND IT REQUIRES A MAJORITY VOTE. THAT'S HOW THEY'RE PLANNING TO ADOPT THE SECOND BIGGEST TAX INCREASE IN HISTORY TO UNDERPIN THE GOVERNOR'S GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE PROGRAM."

SOT: (:18)

SAYS: "THE BUDGET WILL ULTIMATELY AFFECT THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE IN CALIFORNIA AND EVEN IF THEY AREN'T PAYING ATTENTION NOW, THEY WILL PAY ATTENTION WHEN THEY PERCEIVE GOVERNMENT SPENDING GOING UP AND THEY'RE NOT GETTING WHAT THEY PAY FOR."

SUPER: JON COUPAL/PRESIDENT/HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION

SOT: (:10)

SAYS: "I'M SOMEWHAT SURPRISED THE SUGGESTION WOULD BE FLOATED GIVEN THE VOTERS HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN ON THIS ISSUE AND THE VOTERS UNDERSTAND THAT THE SUPERMAJORITY IS REALLY IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA."

SOT: (:30)

SAYS: "THE STATEMENTS THAT THE MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIANS ARE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THE BUDGET IMPASSE. IS NOT CORRECT. I THINK MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT IMPACTED. THAT'S NOT TO SUGGEST THAT WE SHOULDN'T MOVE AND MOVE QUICKLY BUT I THINK MOST VOTERS UNDERSTAND IT'S BETTER TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET. I THINK THE VOTERS WOULD PREFER A TARDY BUDGET TO ONE THAT'S 700 MILLION TO TWO BILLION DOLLARS OUT OF WHACK."

SUPER: SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DICK ACKERMAN/R-IRVINE

SOT: (:14)

SAYS: "YOU PROBABLY SAW THE POLL THAT CAME OUT TODAY THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW THERE'S A BUDGET IMPASSE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY A BUDGET IS VERY SMALL, BUT WE THINK IT'S A VERY SERIOUS MATTER AND THAT'S WHY WE INTRODUCED THAT CONTINUING APPROPRIATION."

SOT: (:15)

SAYS: "THE PROBLEM IS THE PERCEPTION OF THE PUBLIC THEY DON'T KNOW MAJORITY PARTY VERSUS MINORITY PARTY, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN AND IF THE BUDGET COMES OUT EITHER GOOD OR BAD, THEY WOULD LAY THE BLAME IF YOU WILL ON EVERYBODY SO I DON'T THINK THAT ARGUMENT WOULD HOLD BUT THAT ARGUMENT IS PUT OUT BY THOSE WHO SUPPORT A MAJORITY VOTE."

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