Taxes

California Censorship: Televised Discussion of Tax Propositions Cut Off

Cable access to television hearing to discuss three proposed state tax increases turned off.

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Let's not mince words about what the state Senate's Democratic leader did Wednesday. It was self-serving censorship, the sort of thing that one expects from tinpot dictators, not from those who fancy themselves to be progressive civil libertarians.

Someone acting for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg suddenly cut off cable television access to a legislative hearing to air facts and arguments about pending ballot measures.