Report: Whitman's proposals would hurt Calif.

SACRAMENTO — A report from a liberal Washington, D.C.-based think tank says the positions of California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman would damage the economy rather than fulfill her claims of job creation.

Tuesday's report by the Center for American Progress says Whitman relies on unscientific studies to support her argument that taxes and regulation are hurting California's economy.

The Republican candidate proposes cutting 40,000 state government jobs, slashing spending by $15 billion and lowering taxes on businesses and the wealthy to stimulate the economy.

The study's lead author, University of California, Berkeley economist Michael Reich, says Whitman is making promises she can't keep. He says her proposed cuts and revenue sources don't add up.

The California Republican Party dismissed the study as part of an agenda that supports higher taxes and expanded government.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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