Farm Bureau lauds governor's re-election, defeat of tax increases
» November 8, 2006 «
The re-election of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the defeat of new taxes encourage family farmers and ranchers, who viewed Tuesday's election as crucial to the future of California agriculture.
California Farm Bureau Federation President Doug Mosebar said he's "thrilled" by the governor's re-election. Farm Bureau was among the first to endorse Gov. Schwarzenegger during his original campaign. During this year's campaign, Farm Bureau members organized 15 "No Tractor Tax" rallies around California and repeatedly called attention to Democratic candidate Phil Angelides' plans to raise taxes on family farmers and ranchers.
"We know Governor Schwarzenegger will go a great job in his second term," Mosebar said. "He's willing to work with both parties to tackle the state's challenges, just as we are. He knows that Californians will continue to enjoy affordable and quality farm products as long as farmers have access to reliable water, expanding markets and a healthy business climate."
Mosebar also welcomed the defeat of statewide ballot measures that would have raised taxes to benefit special interests.
"With their votes to reject these measures, Californians showed they want government to live within its means," he said. "We're glad voters defeated these measures and rejected the tax-and-spend policy that they represented."
On the national scale, Mosebar said the new composition of Congress won't change the organization's priorities.
"Farm Bureau has strong relationships with friends on both sides of the aisle who understand the importance of California farms and ranches," he said.
But Mosebar expressed disappointment in the defeat of Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, a recognized congressional leader on agriculture and natural resources.
"Richard Pombo's loss is a loss for all California farmers and ranchers," Mosebar said. "We will long remember his contributions and are grateful for his hard work. Now, we must look forward. We will work to educate members of the new Congress about the great things family farmers and ranchers do to benefit the environment and the economy."
The California Farm Bureau Federation, the state's largest farm organization, works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 88,000 members.
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