Jerry Brown worked out all kinds of side deals with California legislators so he could get his massive tax hike passed.
Republican Senator Anthony Cannella is the biggest dirtbag of them all, accepting a $400 million deal to get a train connecting Ceres to San Jose.
Brown bribed legislators to vote in favor of his tax, but he says they were just making deals. He says that's just how business is done.
We say it was quid pro quo. We say they broke the law. State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez is challenging Brown and his shady dealings. A provision in the state constitution reads:
"A person who seeks to influence the vote or action of a member of the Legislature in the member’s legislative capacity by bribery, promise of reward, intimidation, or other dishonest means, or a member of the Legislature so influenced, is guilty of a felony.”
That sure sounds like what Brown and his friends did!
Listen to today's interview with Assemblywoman Melendez, and read Susan Shelley's piece "In transportation tax rush, did Sacramento break the law?"