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Democrats hope to use anger over BP disaster to pass tax on oil production

Jun 28, 2010 12:40:00 AM - latimes.com
Budget plans in the Legislature contain a levy on petroleum pumped in the state. Democrats hope the governor supports such a proposal as oil firms seek to dismantle his environmental achievements.

As crude oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, many California Democrats are hoping to seize on the public mood created by the crisis to push through a new tax on oil production to help balance the state's beleaguered budget.