House Democrats are trying to decide whether to raise income taxes and broaden the sales tax. Their counterparts in the Senate voted for these changes last week.
Late Monday afternoon, the House committee that deals with tax matters gave preliminary approval to the Senate plan. Chairman Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, wasn't sure whether it would break the current budget impasse.
“I wouldn’t go that far,” he said. “I think we’re closer to having a robust discussion about revenue options.”
That robust discussion, Zalewski added, is long overdue.