Legislature OKs Budget, Taxes

California voters managed to dodge most of the taxes suggested on the ballot last fall and look what happens now--the spendthrifts in Sacramento bump the sales tax 1.25%, make junk food taxable (but not if one pays with federal food stamps) and finally ups the gallonage tax on beverage retailers! How many already marginal retailers will see their businesses shrivel and wither due to decreased sales?

Aren't we taxed enough already? The voters must get off their collective duffs and vote out all the rascals (to be kind) in Sacramento. They obviously have in mind things other than the best interests of California.

STEVE ZWEIG, Santa Monica

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