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Smyth scores 'A' rating from Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Posted: November 19, 2009 3:31 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2009 4:06 p.m.
SACRAMENTO - For the third consecutive year, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) has received an A rating from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for his voting record on taxation issues.

"I'm proud to be recognized for my commitment to protect Californians from higher taxes," Smyth said. "The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is the preeminent defender of taxpayers in California, and to receive such high marks from them is a real honor."

The HJTA Legislative Report Card rates lawmakers based on their votes on specific bills relating to taxation.

Particular weight is given to legislation attacking Propositions 13 and 218, and legislators who voted for the $12.6 billion tax package in February received an automatic 20 point deduction.

"Californians already shoulder one of the highest tax burdens in the nation," Smyth added. "Since coming to Sacramento, I have been committed to not raising taxes. We are in the middle of the worst economic downturn in decades, yet there are still people advocating for tax increases. Raising taxes was a bad idea in February, and it remains a bad idea today."



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