GOP gubernatorial rivals clash over ballot props

Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO ” Two of the three GOP rivals for governor next year sparred over whether California’s special election ballot measures will help fix the state’s budget problems or worsen them.

Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner urged voters to reject propositions 1A through 1F. He said they would lead to more dysfunctional government.

Tom Campbell, a former congressman and state finance director, supports Proposition 1A. He says it will impose a long-term spending cap in exchange for the short-term pain of higher taxes.

They debated the ballot propositions and how to close the state’s deficit Monday before the Sacramento Press Club.

The debate was also notable for who was missing ” former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman, who turned down the invitation. She opposes all six measures.

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