Visalia Assemblywoman Connie Conway put part of the blame for the stalemate in Sacramento on the opposing goals of the two major political parties.
“Democrats want the people who are already paying to pay more,” Conway said. “Republicans want to create more taxpayers.”
Democrats hold commanding majorities in both houses of the state Legislature.
“There is no balance. it’s so punitive,” said Conway, who chairs the Assembly Republican Caucus.
If efforts by Democrats fail to increase temporarily the sales tax and income taxes, the state will still survive, she said.
“It will not be Armageddon,” Conway said.