June 26, 2002

GRAY DAVIS UPDATE: I would have missed this one if I hadn’t seen it on Athena Runner’s site. Excerpt:

Gov. Gray Davis this spring blocked efforts to impose a new $22-million tax on the timber industry, three months after leading timber interests donated $105,000 to his reelection campaign.

The legislative analyst’s office suggested the timber tax hike, and several Democratic lawmakers embraced it as a way to help close the state’s $23.6-billion budget deficit. But the governor successfully opposed it during budget talks, according to legislators who participated in those discussions.

I’m no expert on California politics, but it’s a new story like this every day. That can’t be good.

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