Sacramento, CA — Reached in Sacramento Republican Senator Dave Cogdill reflected on his ouster as Senate Minority Leader, his vote for a $12.5 billion tax increase and the May 19th special election.
Cogdill reiterated that from the start he was a staunch anti-tax activist but come October he and Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines of Clovis quickly realized that state revenues were far below the expected and a revenue increase would have to be coupled with budget cuts if the state was to survive financially.
"Without a budget the damage that was going to be done to this state and the citizens of this state certainly outweighed the temporary tax increase we ultimately supported and again I want to remind the people these taxes are temporary."
Asked if his decision to vote for increased taxes and his ouster from the role of Senate Minority Leader would damage his career, Cogdill commented, "It could very possibly but I would make the same decision today even knowing what has happened to me personally over this past week. Again I’m completely at peace with it and believe I made the right decision and I would make it again tomorrow."
On the May 19 special election Cogdill added that it’s critically important that the California citizenry vote for the issues that will reign in spending to the degree that this will never happen again.
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