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Legislative session marked by Democratic dominance

2:31 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democratic legislative leaders say they will avoid talking about higher taxes when the Legislature convenes for the first time since the party secured supermajorities in both houses.

Voters last month gave the Democrats two-thirds of the seats in the Assembly and Senate for the first time in 130 years, allowing the majority party to unilaterally raise taxes, override gubernatorial vetoes and place constitutional amendments before voters.

There is also another $6 billion in tax revenue after voters approved Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative.

Some Democrats have signaled they will be aggressive about using the party's power to pursue revenue after years of budget cuts. But Brown has says he will have to rein in the impulses of the most liberal Democrats so the party doesn't lose faith with the public.

The Associated Press

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