Republicans File Suit to Block Democratic Budget Plan

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009  |  Updated 3:33 PM PDT
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Republicans File Suit to Block Democratic Budget Plan

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California's elected leaders are under pressure to make budget changes.

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Republican lawmakers and anti-tax groups are suing to block an $18 billion Democratic budget package.

They claim it included tax increases that were not passed by the required two-thirds majority in the Legislature.

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. It seeks an immediate injunction.

The budget bill, intended to close a widening state deficit, was passed last month by the Democratic-majority Legislature but has not yet been sent to the governor.

The suit alleges that the bill violated state and federal laws because it swapped taxes for what Democrats referred to as fees on a simple majority vote.

Supporters of the lawsuit say the Legislature's action amounted to taking private property without due process.

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