Brown Campaign Responds to Whitman's Latest Whopper

Brown For Governor Campaign

OAKLAND - Meg Whitman attacked Jerry Brown in a new TV ad today, the ninth attack ad she has launched since the start of the general election. The ad recycles five false claims about Jerry Brown from previous ads.

"Under fire and out of ideas, Meg Whitman has fallen back to where she started - with an attack on Jerry Brown," said Brown Campaign spokesman Sterling Clifford. "By now, we all know the facts - taxes went down under Jerry Brown, and he is committed to no new taxes without voter approval."

For the facts, see the truth box below.

Meg Whitman
TV Ad: "Hide Your Wallet"


TAXES. So who called Prop 13 a "fraud" and a "rip-off"? Jerry Brown. Who raised the gas tax as governor and pushed for higher sales taxes? Jerry Brown. Who tried five times to raise property taxes in Oakland? Jerry Brown. Who supported higher statewide income taxes? Jerry Brown. And who says, if elected, he'll ask voters for even more new taxes? Jerry Brown. Governor Jerry Brown again? Hide your wallet.



TAXES.  So who called Prop 13 a "fraud" and a "rip-off"?  Jerry Brown. 



Visual: "Brown's Ordeal With Proposition 13," San Francisco Chronicle, 5/28/78


Visual: "Jerry Brown Still Wears Old Flip-Flops," Scripps Howard News Service, 2/13/07

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]

CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS' ASSOCIATION & LOS ANGELES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OPPOSED PROP. 13.  Both the California Taxpayers' Association and the California Chamber of Commerce signed the rebuttal arguments against Proposition 13 on the 1978 ballot.  Their argument stated that they are "opposed to this irresponsible measure which cuts $7 billion from critical services.  Vote No on 13!" [Rebuttal to Arguments in Favor of Proposition 13, California Voters Pamphlet, 1978]

PETE WILSON OPPOSED PROP. 13, CAMPAIGNED AGAINST PROP. 13 AND CALLED IT "A MEAT AX APPROACH."  Meg Whitman's campaign Chairman Pete Wilson opposed Prop. 13 and Meg doesn't complain about his opposition.  Not only did Wilson oppose Prop. 13, but he "campaigned against the initiative, calling it 'a meat ax approach.'" The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "The suspicions already were roused by the prominent presence in Schwarzenegger's campaign of former advisers to Gov. Pete Wilson, who, as a candidate for governor on the same 1978 ballot on which Prop. 13 appeared, opposed the property tax rollback."  [San Francisco Chronicle, 8/16/03; Shultz, Democracy Center, 9/97; Rebuttal to Arguments in Favor of Proposition 13, California Voters Pamphlet, 1978]

GEORGE DEUKMEJIAN OPPOSED PROP. 13. "One reason Deukmejian may have been reluctant to have his name used in a campaign against Prop. 36 is the political fallout from his 1978 opposition to Jarvis' prior initiative, Prop. 13." [San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/3/84]

BUSINESS LEADERS OPPOSED PROP. 13. "Proposition 13's opponents also included the pro-business California Taxpayers' Association along with The Bank of America, Atlantic Richfield, Southern California Edison, Southern Pacific Railroad and Standard Oil of California. The corporations not only opposed Proposition 13 but gave huge cash donations to the campaign to defeat it. The executive vice president of Southern California Edison explained to reporters, 'Although business stands to receive at least $4 billion of the anticipated $6 billion in property tax relief, we felt it was time for the private sector to stand up for principle and fight this measure as financially unsound.'" [Shultz, Democracy Center, 9/97]

Who raised the gas tax as governor and pushed for higher sales taxes?  Jerry Brown.



Visual:  Brown Urges Sales Tax Hike To Fight Crime," Los Angeles Times, 5/7/81


Visual: "Brown Signs Bill Hiking State Gas Tax 2 Cents," Los Angeles Times, 9/18/81


Visual: "Jerry Brown Running Hard For The U.S. Senate," The Associated Press, 3/1/82


Visual: "Brown Back 2-Cent Hike In State Gas Tax," Los Angeles Times, 8/13/81

30 REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS VOTED FOR TWO CENT GAS TAX INCREASE.  In 1981, the Legislature passed a bill authorizing a two cent gas tax increase - raising the gas tax from 7 to 9 cents.  The bill would become law if and only if county supervisors representing two-thirds of California's population endorsed it.  With more than 80% approval, the bill passed the Senate in a resounding 30 to 3 vote, and the Assembly in a 59 to 18 vote.  The Sacramento Bee reported that "it was a 'user tax' that benefited those who paid it - the fairest kind of tax - that was devised in the Legislature and supported by Republicans.  [Los Angeles Times, 9/15/81; Los Angeles Times, 9/18/81; Journals of the Senate and Assembly, Regular Session, 1981-82; Sacramento Bee, 6/11/10]

53 OF 58 CALIFORNIA COUNTIES RATIFIED BILL; ORANGE COUNTY UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.  The bill received nearly unanimous approval throughout the state - county boards representing 95.5% of the population ratified it. Orange County supervisors unanimously endorsed the two cent increase to save their roads "visualizing it as one means of raising funds for much-needed highway improvements and transportation projects." Four out of five San Diego County supervisors supported the bill. Los Angeles County was also quick to endorse the bill.  San Diego's Republican Supervisor Roger Hedgecock said, "This is revenue that we must have to keep our roads in shape.  An ounce of prevention, in this case, will prevent a lot of future car repair expenses which motorists will face if they must drive on poorly maintained roads."  [San Jose Mercury, 11/13/81; Los Angeles Times, 9/23/81; Los Angeles Times, 2/5/81] 

REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR DEUKMEJIAN BACKED $18.5 BILLION GAS TAX.  In 1990, Deukmejian was the chief sponsor of Proposition 111, which DOUBLED the gas tax from 9 cents per gallon to 18 cents per gallon.  The Associated Press wrote, "In total dollars, it's the largest tax increase in California history."  [San Diego Union Tribune 4/20/91; California Journal, 8/1/91; Associated Press, 6/7/90]

WHITMAN'S CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PETE WILSON SIGNED BILL ALLOWING $4 BILLION GAS TAX INCREASE.  In 1997, then-Governor Pete Wilson signed a law allowing local communities in the Bay Area to vote to raise taxes by TEN CENTS per gallon.  "A 10-cent a gallon increase would result in Bay Area motorists paying the highest tax anywhere in the United States."   [San Jose Mercury News, 11/9/98; San Jose Mercury News, 10/12/97]

BROWN PROPOSED A O.25% INCREASE IN THE SALES TAX TO PAY FOR PRISONS, MORE POLICE ON THE STREETS. With crime rates on the rise around the nation, in 1981, Governor Jerry Brown proposed expanding prisons and supporting local anti-crime programs.  One proposal asked California voters to raise revenue by a quarter of a cent on sales to pay for prison construction and local crime-reduction programs. This proposal was never acted on. A second proposal, which succeeded at the ballot box, was a bond to fund more prison construction. During Brown's tenure as governor, there were no general tax increases. [New York Times, 5/13/81; Los Angeles Times, 10/15/82 Los Angeles Times]


Brown's proposal would have raised $5 billion over 10 years - with half the money to build more prisons and half the money to fund local anti-crime programs. [Los Angeles Times, 5/8/81]


The proposal was to be submitted to the People of California to be approved at the ballot box. "Mr. Brown wants the increase approved by voters in a November election."  [The Economist, 5/16/81]


GOVERNOR PETE WILSON INCREASED SALES TAXES BY 1.25%. Unlike Brown's proposal, Wilson's sales tax increases became law.  During Wilson's first year in office, he signed $7 billion in tax increases, including a 1.25% sales tax increase - this was the largest sales tax increase in California's history.  Wilson even added new sales taxes to previously exempted items -bottled water, candy and snacks, newspapers, magazines, and ship and jet fuel. [Los Angeles Times, 7/17/91; New York Times, 6/30/91; Los Angeles Times, 6/14/00] 


WILSON SUPPORTED $1.5 BILLION SALES TAX INCREASE. Wilson's 1991 sales tax hike included 0.75% in permanent increases and 0.5% in temporary increases.  Two years later, Wilson endorsed and campaigned for Proposition 172 - which made the 0.5% increase permanent.  Voters approved Proposition 172, costing California taxpayers $1.5 billion per year.  [Los Angeles Times, 11/6/91; Los Angeles Times 11/4/93; Los Angeles Times, 11/7/93]


WHITMAN EMBRACES WILSON'S $7 BILLION TAX INCREASES: TRUSTS "HIS JUDGMENT BACK THEN." "At the same time, Whitman praised former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson for his role in the 1990s budget crisis.  She said the tax hikes imposed by Wilson - whom she described as the greatest California governor in memory - made sense at the time, even if they would be inappropriate now.  'I trust his judgment back then,' she said of Wilson, her campaign chairman."  [Los Angeles Times, 2/11/09]


WHITMAN WANTS TO BUILD PRISONS, SUGGESTS NO WAY TO PAY FOR THEM.Whitman calls for building new prisons in California, but refuses to say how she would pay for it. "Whitman, who opposes raising taxes and wants to reduce the state work force, declined to identify a specific funding source for the costly new facilities, saying instead that cash could be freed up by cutting other areas of government."  [Headline: Whitman wants to build prisons, cut other programs, Sacramento Bee, 3/25/10]

Who tried five times to raise property taxes in Oakland?  Jerry Brown. 



Visual:  "Measure Would Save Branch Libraries," The Oakland Tribune, 2/19/04


Visual: "Tax To Expand Police Slightly Ahead - Marijuana Measure Likely To Pass," San Francisco Chronicle, 11/3/04


Visual: Michal Lando, "Measure B Hits The Polls," Montclarion, 11/2/01


Visual: "School Leaders Split On Tax Measure," The Oakland Tribune, 2/17/04


Visual: "Voters Will Face Tax-Loaded Ballot," The Oakland Tribune, 1/22/04

OAKLAND VOTERS APPROVED REVENUE INCREASES. "I do know that all the tax hikes were approved by at least two-thirds of the city's voters." [Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 4/12/10]

OAKLAND FUNDED LITERACY AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS.  By a 3-to-1 margin, Oakland voters approved Measure Q.  Brown signed the ballot arguments for Measure Q, which kept Oakland libraries open and ensured that public schools had library services.  The measure supported literacy programs in libraries, after-school programs, and tutoring for the city's youth.  To fund these programs, Measure Q renewed and increased the library parcel tax by only 10 cents per day.  [League of Women Voters, 5/4/04; Alameda County Election Summary Report, 3/23/04]

BROWN BOLSTERED OAKLAND POLICE FORCE: 63 NEW POLICE OFFICERS SWORN IN.In 2004, Brown hired 63 new police officers, adding officers to the Crime Reduction Team to focus on homicides and drug dealing, new officers for community-policing beats, and officers for domestic violence and child abuse cases.  By a 2-to-1 margin, voters approved the parcel tax included in Measure Y - the Violence Prevention and Public Safety Act - which supported the new police officers.  [Alameda County Election Summary Report, 12/1/04; City of Oakland, Department of Human Resource, accessed 3/26/10]

BROWN AND VOTERS WANTED MORE POLICE ON THE STREETS. Both Brown and voters wanted more police on the streets to patrol the neighborhoods and increase Oakland's safety.  Voters supported Measure FF to hire 100 new police officers, staff domestic violence and child abuse intervention programs, and support young offender programs. The new police officers would target drug dealers in the city's most violent neighborhoods, double the size of the police department's homicide unit and keep better track of parolees. 

Measure FF was an advisory measure contingent upon passage of Measures II, GG, and HH revenues to fund the violence prevention program.  Measure II would have authorized a temporary 3% surcharge on hotel stays.  Measure GG would have authorized a temporary 10% surcharge on the parking rate, and Measure HH would have a temporary 0.5% surcharge on Oakland utilities.  Although these measures were not enacted, Brown still managed to add the 100 police officers.  [League of Women Voters, 12/6/02; San Francisco Chronicle, 10/29/10]

By the time Brown left the mayor's office in 2007, Oakland had 803 sworn officers protecting the city. This was up from 640 in 1998 - a 25% increase in the Oakland police force.  Brown hired a total of 163 police officers in Oakland.  [City of Oakland, Adopted Policy Budgets, FY 2001-03, 2005-07; San Francisco Chronicle, 6/24/99]

MEASURE B REDUCED CLASS SIZES, INCREASED TEACHER SALARIES, BOUGHT MORE TEXTBOOKS. In 2001, nearly 80% of Oakland voters supported Oakland schools and students and approved Measure B.  Measure B reduced class sizes, increased teacher salaries, and purchased textbooks and materials for classrooms.  Measure B also improved math, science, fine arts programs and libraries, improved school safety and provided resources for underachieving students.  The Oakland Unified School District proposed Measure B and its funding came from increasing the parcel tax $4 per month.  Even the Alameda County Taxpayers' Association supported Measure B.  [League of Women Voters, 12/3/01; San Francisco Chronicle, 10/26/01]


OAKLAND SCHOOLS RECEIVED MORE TEXTBOOKS, CLASSES NEEDED FOR COLLEGE.In 2004, Brown and 75% of voters supported Measure E.  Measure E provided more textbooks, helped maintain libraries, and gave students the elective classes they needed to qualify for admission to California's UC and California State universities. Faced with state budget cuts, Measure E authorized a five-year increase in the existing school parcel tax. Measure E cost homeowners less than twenty cents per day.  [League of Women Voters, 5/4/04]

Who supported higher statewide income taxes?  Jerry Brown. 


Visual: "Candidates Vary on Propositions," San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/11/09


Visual: "Opponents Of State Budget Measures Cling To Logically Bankrupt Arguments," San Francisco Chronicle, 5/10/09


Visual: "Six Propositions, Six 'No' Votes," Orange County Register, 5/17/09





PROP. 1A WOULD HAVE CAPPED GOVERNMENT SPENDING.  Proposition 1A was a measure to "create a spending cap" and "slow the growth of state government."  Prop. 1A would give the governor authority to reduce state spending as soon as revenues go down, "rather than wait months for the legislative process to run its course while the state continues to spend money it does not have."  [Los Angeles Times, 4/16/09; President of the California Taxpayers' Association, Special to San Jose Mercury News, 4/18/10]

PROPOSITION 1A WOULD HAVE CREATED RAINY DAY FUND.  Prop. 1A restricted politicians from using spikes in revenue for spending that the state cannot sustain.  Prop. 1A forced politicians to save during the good years.  [Los Angeles Times,4/16/09; President of the California Taxpayers' Association, Special to San Jose Mercury News,4/18/10]

CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS' ASSOCIATION SUPPORTED PROP. 1A.  The California Taxpayers' Association signed the ballot argument for Prop. 1A and stated that it would "restore fiscal discipline" and "reduce the pressure for permanent tax hikes."  The President of the California Taxpayers' Association called Prop. 1A "common sense and responsible management."  [California Secretary of State, Voter Guide, 5/09; President of the California Taxpayers' Association, Special to San Jose Mercury News,4/18/10]

CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT ALLAN ZAREMBERG SIGNED BALLOT ARGUMENT SUPPORTING PROPOSITION 1A.  Allan Zaremberg, California Chamber of Commerce President, signed the rebuttal to the argument against Prop. 1A stating that Prop. 1A "prevents politicians from spending irresponsibly" and it "stabilizes California's budget." "I don't think that there is any question that the public wants to put some limits on our Legislature that has been out of control and spending more money then [sic] we can afford. I think that's what Proposition 1A does," Zaremberg said."  [California Secretary of State, Voter Guide, 5/09; Cal Chamber of Commerce, Headline: Prop. 1A to Help Stabilize California Fiscal Picture,3/30/09]




GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER SUPPORTED PROP 1A.  Governor Schwarzenegger backed Prop. 1A and described it as "a measure that will fix the broken budget system once and for all so that you never have to make those severe cuts again."   [Los Angeles Times, 4/27/09]


TOM CAMPBELL SUPPORTED PROP 1A.  Former Republican Congressman Tom Campbell supported Prop. 1A and he said: "I don't like tax increases.  But this is a short-term pain for a permanent fix. [...]  It's the best chance we have to fix the system on a permanent basis."  [Los Angeles Times, 4/9/09]


GOP LEADERS SAID PROP 1A WOULD "PROTECT TAXPAYERS."  Assembly GOP Leader Mike Villines and former Senate GOP Leader Dave Cogdill were "the joint crafters of Proposition 1A" and they "relentlessly asserted the measure would protect taxpayers from the coming assault. [San

Diego Union Tribune, 5/14/09]

And who says, if elected, he'll ask voters for even more new taxes?  Jerry Brown. 


Visual: Jerry Brown, KTLA News,




Here is the full context of what Brown said on KTLA: 


Question: You've said any tax increase needs to be put to a vote of the people, how realistic is that?


Jerry Brown: Not when you start in August. It's real realistic if you start in November cause then you have time. For example, if I were Governor and we got our budget deal together, we needed money you can go to the voters or if you need big cuts you can go to the voters. If you start in April they can have a vote by June.

 [Jerry Brown, KTLA News, 8/4/10]


BROWN VOWS NOT TO RAISE TAXES WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL.  Brown "reiterated his off-repeated [sic] stance on revenues: 'No new taxes unless the people vote for them,' he said." [San Francisco Chronicle, 9/4/10]


Governor Jerry Brown again?  Hide your wallet.

WHITMAN'S PLAN TO ELIMINATE THE CAPITAL GAINS TAX IS A "PURE HANDOUT" TO THE ULTRA-RICH, LIKE HERSELF.  While Whitman falsely claims Brown would raise taxes, she is seeking a multi-billion dollar giveaway for millionaires and billionaires: "The real problem with this proposal is that it looks like a pure handout, and a costly one, to the wealthy, a group that includes the billionaire Whitman herself."  [Los Angeles Times, 7/25/10] 


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