SEIU Airs TV Ad Backing New Taxes

One of California’s most powerful union groups is spending $1 million in a television advertising blitz to urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature to solve the state’s budget crisis with both spending cuts and new taxes.

As recently noted, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee Union is circulating pledge forms to lawmakers that might have attracted takers in budget battles past.  The union wants the legislators to sign statements of support for up to $44 billion in new or higher taxes on the wealthy, oil companies, tobacco and other industries, products and people. 

The ad will begin airing starting today in the Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego media markets and essentially challenges Schwarzenegger’s claim that voters who rejected the May 19 special election budget reform initiatives were casting votes against new taxes.

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