February 19th, 2009
04:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Meg Whitman slams California budget

Meg Whitman said Thursday that California's new budget is not the solution to the state's fiscal challenges.
Meg Whitman said Thursday that California's new budget is not the solution to the state's fiscal challenges.

(CNN) – Meg Whitman, a Republican candidate for governor in California, is not a fan of the new budget just passed by the state’s legislature.

The budget “is not the solution,” Whitman said in a statement Thursday. “Instead of respecting taxpayers and championing job creation, Sacramento is increasing taxes on the middle class. The proposed budget will kill jobs, hurt families and make future deficits even worse."

Whitman, the former President and CEO of eBay, also opposed the nearly $800 billion stimulus bill recently passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.

If successful in her gubernatorial bid, Whitman will succeed fellow Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who praised the California legislature’s passage of the state’s budget.


Filed under: California • Meg Whitman
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. obama-mama

    Ooooh Arnold, you in trouble......

    February 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. yuri

    Ah! Now you want to be heard and noticed, Meg, eh? Can you restore the "goldenness" for California, so it can shine with its pristine glory, unlike you, lady? It's one thing to be diametrically opposin' and yet another to be reasonably polemical in a sotto voce manner.

    February 19, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Gorbashov

    Political rhetoric from our newbie gubernatorial candidate who has no realistic alternative plan, and NO political future.

    A TIP: Try to be a constructive leader not a blatent panderer!

    February 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Jean2

    I live in California, WHAT DOES MEG WHITMAN HAVE TO DO WITH THIS BUDGET????

    SOME OF THESE REPUBLICANS NEED TO SHUT UP IF THEY HAVE NO SOLUTIONS!! THE MEDIA SHOULD STOP GIVING THEM A FREE RIDE WHILE WE ALL SINK!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    She is a Rushlican; did you really expect her to say anything positive!

    February 19, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Caliguy

    Dear Meg,

    Your party are a bunch of obstructionist/complainers who are putting their political careers first and California second. If you were Governor now you could have done no better because as we see here and in Washington, Republicans want things to go bad so they become a relevant party again.

    Why don't you lay out some solutions instead of just poo pooing on everything. Then we can see if you know any better.

    February 19, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Bridgette-PA

    WHO?

    February 19, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Ex-Republican

    Whitman is an Obstructionist. She endorses the "Do Nothing' method: Let's not do anything but argue and bicker and never get anything done. Whitman would be a disaster for california!

    February 19, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Spencer/Newport News, VA

    This idiot voted against the stimulus when her state is the one that needs it the most. What a class act she is. I'm not from Cali, but I'd vote for the Governator before this numbskull.

    February 19, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Ummm...and what else did you expect her to say? Might as well write an article about the sky being blue as write one about a GOPer who ardently supported McCain taking umbrage with something Democrats did...and doing so under the guise of concern for the middle-class. Lying sack...

    February 19, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Mari

    Of course, she does.

    February 19, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Independent_me

    OK...so you had a great idea to open up "stores" on Ebay...
    that does not qualify you to be governor...
    besides, California has had enough of the Republican solution...which is... NO SOLUTION!
    You'll lose big time, Meg!

    February 19, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. TjayeInLA

    OMG! Do Republicans know any other song?

    February 19, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Before the libs cry and whine over this... I'll bet the folks in California (Dems and Repubs) who actually have had their taxes increased would love their taxes cut right about now!

    February 19, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Jim

    What's your solution, Meg?

    More tax cuts for the wealthy?

    February 19, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. naqib

    Well... makes you wonder...

    The Stim Bill passed... and today the DOW hits a six year low...

    Great job guys!

    February 19, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Well, looks like Ms. Whitman has got the poltical posturing down. Take a compromise and ridicule it as if you could have come up with a better, more timely solution. Sure.
    Lady, you're full of it and you are simply taking potshots from the sidelines where things are easy. Talk about exploiting things for your own benefit. Don't be fooled by another politician telling you what you want to hear.

    February 19, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Marty from Grand Rapids, Mi

    I hate it when people who are running for office think they need to label everything as "all bad" or "all good". No one bothers to pick the bad and good and explain why. California had to either raise taxes or cut services. And some services you can't cut. So boo hoo, taxes had to be raised. Repubs complained the $13 tax cut in the stimulous was too small and people wouldn't notice it. I agree. We should increase taxes by $13 dollars. People wouldn't notice it and we could use the $$$ to help pay down our debt.

    February 19, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. anywhere but california ~ hugh

    Who cares what Meg Whitman says about anything?! She has about as much of a chance to become California's next governor as Arnold Schwarzenegger does of resurrecting his role of the Terminator. A democrat will easily win the governor seat in the next election. No contest!

    February 19, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. america first

    REPUBLICANS(just say no), that's all they know.

    February 19, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Tim

    It's easy to throw stones when you're not in a position to have to make any real decisions.

    February 19, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. kef

    pliz shutup!

    February 19, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. fredfromsj

    Yes, why don't all California eBay our way out of deficit? Let's eBay Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood sign, costal beaches... etc. That should solve our economic issue really quick. By the way, we should all ask the lay-off eBay workers what they think of Meg.

    February 19, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Vince Los Angeles

    I'm an Independant who lives in California....I HATE THIS NEW BUDGET!!

    California JUST FINISHED raising our car license fees....now they are going up AGAIN! We were all supposed to get a $13/week increase in our paychecks...well Californians are turning right around and giving that stimulus money to the state of California!! That's THEFT! There are people in California prisons who have stolen a lot less!! (i.e. the man that was sentenced to 25 to life for stealing a pizza!!)

    February 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Meg, the budget doesn't matter

    the California ship is going down, it needs total reconstruction

    February 19, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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