BROWN CALLS FOR "FAIR SHARE FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES"
AT LABOR DAY STOPS; SAYS WILSON
HAS "TURNED HIS BACK" ON THEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Whitehurst
William L. Rukeyser
September 5, 1997
Los Angeles -- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Kathleen Brown today drew her sharpest contrast yet with Pete Wilson at a series of Labor Day events, saying the Governor "has turned his back on middle-class families."
"On this Labor Day, middle-class families are working harder than ever before, and yet they're barely able to make ends meet," Brown said at an annual Labor Day breakfast crowd of 500 in Los Angeles.
"That's because the man who as a candidate in 1990 promised to be a 'determined,' 'energetic,' and 'activist Governor,' has been listless, lethargic and laissez-faire in seizing the opportunities and leading California into the new economy.
"Pete Wilson's broken promises have hurt middle-class families, their pocketbooks, and their kids' future."
In speeches at Labor Day events in Los Angeles, San Diego and Alameda, Brown highlighted the differences between her and Wilson, saying "Yes, there is a choice in this election."
She noted that Wilson "broke his 1990 campaign promise to voters" to be the 'Education Governor' and to keep taxes down.
"While Pete Wilson raised taxes by $1,000 per family and hiked up college fees, he had the audacity to give tax breaks to the wealthiest one percent," said Brown, noting that he "even vetoed my college loan proposal two years in a row to help students manage these higher fees."
Brown also noted that since Wilson kicked off his 1990 campaign four years ago on Labor Day, California has lost 710,000 jobs. New jobless figures also show that
California created only 500 new jobs in August.
"Pete Wilson calls that a recovery, but he just doesn't get it," Brown said about the new figures. "If Pete Wilson had his way, we'd be creating hamburger-
flipping McDonald's jobs, not the good-paying McDonnell-Douglas jobs I am proposing in my economic plan ."
Brown has proposed a series of initiatives designed to tackle the issues she raised, from regional economic recovery strategies and a state budget that maintains
funding for public colleges and universities, to a comprehensive crime prevention plan that won her the endorsement of the state's largest law enforcement
"As governor, I'll do plenty to make sure middle-class families get their fair share."
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