The demand by state Democrats for higher taxes may be a charade aimed at pleasing liberal constituencies, according to the Trib. The paper quotes an anonymous Dem, who indicated that Democratic leaders proposed the tax increases to please progressives but will ultimately give up on the idea when the governor and Republicans refuse to approve them. If true, then that finally explains why Democrats have put forward a tax increase plan that has no chance of passing.
But it also raises questions about why Dems can't just be honest with their liberal constituents and tell them that they simply don't have the votes to raise taxes. Still, we're not 100 percent confident in the accuracy of the Trib story, because its sourcing appears thin.