Meg Whitman

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 22, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman polished her fiscal conservative credentials this morning by announcing a key endorsement from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s political action committee.

Both Whitman and GOP rival Steve Poizner are vying to portray themselves as the toughest on government spending and tax cuts. Poizner has proposed cutting sales and income taxes by 10 percent and capital gains taxes by 50 percent, while Whitman suggests, among other proposals, cutting taxes for job-creating businesses, middle-class households and manufacturers by unspecified amounts.

The taxpayers association was founded by anti-tax activist Jarvis, the backer of 1978’s voter initiative Proposition 13, and it generally fights raising taxes.

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