Vivian and William Rodriguez (l.) meet with an H&R Block staffer in New York to file their taxes. Ann Hermes/Staff
President Obama smiled after signing into law a bill at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on Dec. 17, 2010. The legislation extends Bush-era tax cuts and other benefits based on a deal he brokered with Republicans that angered liberals. Jim Young/Reuters
Massachusetts residents reeanact the Boston Tea Party (l.) on tax day – a reminder of Americans’ antipathy toward taxes then and now. John Wilcox/Boston Herald/Newscom/File
Protesters rally at the state capitol building in Madison, Wis., to oppose Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts and attempts to curb union bargaining rights. Ann Hermes/Staff
US Senator Bob Bennett (R) of Utah leaves the stage after giving a one minute speech at the 2010 Utah GOP Convention in Salt Lake City. Mr. Bennett, who was targeted by tea party activists in the state, was voted out of office by delegates at the convention in the second round. Steve C. Wilson/AP/File
President Reagan (r.) and New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean stump for a tax-reform plan. AP/File
President George H.W. Bush broke his ‘read my lips’ pledge in 1990 and raised taxes, angering many conservatives. Charles Tasnadi/AP/File
Tax forms are put on display at an IRS office in Boston. Ann Hermes/Staff
California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a state budget Thursday that would cut $4.8 billion from education – but only if a ballot initiative to raise taxes fails. Problem is, legislators are balking.
ByDaniel B. Wood, Staff writer
There is little doubt, political analysts say, that California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) intended to frighten state voters with the budget he proposed Thursday. What is less clear is whether his new ultimatum is essentially an empty threat.