Brown Campaign Fires Back At Meg Whitman Regarding Her Latest False Attack On Jerry Brown's Record

Brown For Governor Campaign

OAKLAND, CA - The Brown for Governor Campaign today fired back at Meg Whitman's latest false attack against Attorney General Jerry Brown's record.

"This is just more of the same from Meg Whitman. The kind of nasty and cynical attacks that are the foundation of voter disgust with today's politics," said Brown Campaign Spokesman Sterling Clifford. "She can continue to slash at Jerry Brown's record with her fiction. We will continue to respond with the facts."

Instead of Meg Whitman's campaign fiction, get the facts, in the Truth Box below.

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Meg Whitman TV Ad: "Clinton" :30

Transcript:

Narrator: "Jerry Brown's good ol' days.  But what really happened?"

Bill Clinton: "CNN.  Not me, CNN says his assertion about his tax record was, quote, just plain wrong. Jerry Brown went out there and took credit for the fact that the people of California voted for Proposition 13 which lowered taxes which he opposed. And now he's going around taking credit for it.  He raised taxes as governor of California.  He had a surplus when he took office and a deficit when he left.  He doesn't tell the people the truth."

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TRUTH

Narrator: "Jerry Brown's good ol' days.  But what really happened?"

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: 1.9 MILLION NEW JOBS WERE CREATED IN CALIFORNIA WHEN JERRY BROWN WAS GOVERNOR - INCLUDING MEG WHITMAN'S JOB AT BAIN & CO. Under Governor Jerry Brown, California created more than 1.9 million new jobs. Job growth in California during his tenure as governor was greater than that of the nation. In 1981, Meg Whitman moved to California to take a job at Bain & Co., in San Francisco. [California Employment Development Department, accessed 4/6/10; San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 5/15/10]

Bill Clinton: CNN.  Not me, CNN says his assertion about his tax record was, quote, just plain wrong.  

CNN'S NUMBERS WERE INCORRECT: GOVERNOR BROWN REDUCED THE TAX BURDEN ON CALIFORNIANS. During Brown's tenure as governor, taxes per $100 of personal income decreased 4.8%. In 1974, taxes per $100 of personal income were $6.89, and by the time Brown left office in 1983 these taxes were down to $6.56. [Governor's Budget Summary, 2009-10, Schedule 2]

Jerry Brown went out there and took credit for the fact that the people of California voted for Proposition 13 which lowered taxes which he opposed. And now he's going around taking credit for it.  

BROWN ENTHUSIASTICALLY IMPLEMENTED PROP. 13. Brown "so enthusiastically implemented Prop. 13" that he was dubbed "Jerry Jarvis." The Los Angeles Times reported that Prop. 13's author Howard Jarvis "unequivocally trusted Brown to be Prop. 13's protector." [Los Angeles Times, 3/4/10]

HOWARD JARVIS ENDORSED AND VOTED FOR JERRY BROWN. For Brown's vigorous enforcement of Prop. 13, Jarvis, voted for Brown saying, "Sure, I wrote Proposition 13, but it takes a dedicated governor to make it work ... So I voted for Brown." Jarvis endorsed Brown in his 1978 re-election and wrote in his book that he voted for Brown. Jarvis said, "In the final analysis, after he promised me he would do everything he could to make 13 work, which is what he had been doing for the five months since 13 passed ... I had to vote for Brown. The most important guy when it comes to implementing 13 is the one who holds the office of Governor of California." [Howard Jarvis, I'm Mad As Hell, 1985]

He raised taxes as governor of California.  

FACT:  BROWN SAVED CALIFORNIANS NEARLY $16 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF.

[California Department of Finance, as cited in Economic Report of Governor 1981]

BROWN INDEXED PERSONAL INCOME TAX - $5 BILLION SAVED. Brown signed legislation in 1978 and 1979 indexing personal income tax brackets to adjust for inflation. Indexing helped Californians avoid the automatic tax increase that would come with a cost-of-living raise that might put a worker in a higher tax bracket, and it increased tax credits and the standard deduction. Californians saved $5.058 BILLION in just four years from income tax indexing. [AB 3802 (1978); AB 276 (1979); California Department of Finance, Financial Research as cited in Economic Report of the Governor 1981; David R. Doerr, California's Tax Machine, A History of Taxing and Spending in the Golden State, 2000]

BROWN ELIMINATED BUSINESS INVENTORY TAX. Brown eliminated the business inventory tax, and California businesses saved $2.654 BILLION in inventory tax relief while he was governor. Brown signed legislation exempting all businesses from property taxes on their inventory. Prior to this bill, businesses paid property taxes on 50% of their inventory value. [AB 66, Statutes and Amendments to the Code, 1979; Time, 6/9/80; California Department of Finance, as cited in Economic Report of the Governor 1981]

BROWN CUT CAPITAL GAINS TAXES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. Brown cut capital gains taxes for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Capital gains taxes decreased on the sale or exchange of stock and capital assets for small businesses. This bill assisted small businesses reinvesting in growth. [SB 690; Los Angeles Times, 9/17/81]

He had a surplus when he took office and a deficit when he left.  

FACT: THE DEFICIT ONLY OCCURRED DURING A SEVERE NATIONAL RECESSION. [Los Angeles Times, 6/24/10]

BROWN HAD SURPLUSES IN 7 OF 8 YEARS. In 7 of the 8 years Brown was governor, California had budget surpluses. Only when there was a significant national recession in 1982 did the fiscal year end with a deficit. [Governor's 2009-10 Budget Summary, Chart A]

BROWN'S LAST BUDGET WAS "TIGHTLY BALANCED" WITH A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR RESERVE. "Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. signed an austere and tightly balanced $25.2 billion state budget... Brown said the budget is so tightly balanced, with a reserve of less than $500 million, that the Legislature will have to make further cuts in the next few months ‘if the national economy does not recover.'" [Associated Press, 6/30/82]

He doesn't tell the people the truth.

BROWN WAS THE MOST ‘SCRUPULOUSLY HONEST GOVERNOR.' In 1982, Newsweek wrote about Jerry Brown, "it's unlikely the state will ever have a more scrupulously honest governor." [Newsweek, 11/15/82]

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