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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN AUGUST 10, 2003 19:29:05 ET XXXXX
ARNOLD TELLS ADVISERS HE WILL NOT RULE OUT HIGHER TAXES; BUFFETT BLOWUP OVER PROP 13
Movie tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger has confided to advisers that he will not rule out raising taxes in California if he is elected governor, top sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
The tax issue was raised last week during a meeting between Schwarzenegger and his senior campaign staff.
"Look, Arnold will not, cannot say, 'Read my lips, no new taxes,'" a well-placed source explained from Los Angeles. "Our first priority will be to get the state back in to top fiscal condition, and everyone knows it takes revenue to achieve this."
Schwarzenegger top economic adviser Warren Buffett told the WALL STREET JOURNAL this weekend that taxes in California are too low.
In the JOURNAL interview, Buffett -- a Democrat and vocal critic of President Bush's economic policies -- strongly suggested that California needs to bypass Prop 13 and raise its property tax rates to help fix the state's money mess.
"The truth is California has got some very serious financial problems," Buffett told the paper. "It's an economy that's the size of France and there's no way the US is going to have a healthy economy if California continues to have the problems it has... They have to do whatever is necessary on spending or taxes to get it in balance."
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