Farm Bureau endorses Meg Whitman for governor
» April 29, 2010 «
Supporting her focus on creating jobs, cutting spending and fixing education, the California Farm Bureau Federation announced today it has endorsed Meg Whitman for governor. Whitman seeks the Republican nomination in the June 8 primary.
California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said Whitman's strong business background and commitment to streamline and reform regulations had impressed the organization's board of directors.
"As small business owners, family farmers think it's important to elect a governor who has had to meet a payroll and cope with all the regulations that California businesses face," Wenger said. "Meg Whitman will bring business sense to Sacramento that will help her cure California's spending problems."
Wenger said Farm Bureau agrees with Whitman's strategy to focus on job creation through strategic tax cuts, including tax credits intended to encourage investments in agricultural technology.
"California farms and ranches have been a stable creator of jobs and growth through the ups and downs of the housing sector and other parts of the economy," Wenger noted. "That's one reason other states have been recruiting California farms and farm-related businesses to relocate to their states, and those that are business-friendly have been successful in doing so. Meg Whitman wants to reverse that tide and welcome business and jobs in California."
One of the key ways to ensure the future of California farms and agricultural jobs, Wenger said, is to solve the state's water crisis.
"Meg Whitman supports construction of new reservoirs and understands the need for a balanced approach that combines new storage with improved water efficiency, recycling and desalination to meet water needs," he said. "We look forward to working with her to assure our state's future."
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 81,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
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