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EconoMeter: Rate the gubernatorial candidates' economic plans

Ask the economists


Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES
As long as the winning candidate follows through on his or her stated positions of establishing a more a favorable climate for job creation through lessening tax, fee, and regulatory burdens on businesses and residents. California cannot pay its bills and poorly educates its young, while punishingly taxing whatever success the suffocating regulatory regime does not prevent. Both candidate platforms acknowledge these problems. The question is can Whitman’s focus on underlying competitiveness or will Brown’s focus on ephemeral “green jobs” be fulfilled? Or is experience running a business more useful for the governor’s job than the experience of running government?