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State of California March 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 28
Repeal of Proposition 10 Tobacco Surtax

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

1,999,141 / 27.8% Yes votes ...... 5,198,554 / 72.2% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Repeals additional $. 50 per pack tax on cigarettes and equivalent increase in tax on tobacco products enacted by Proposition 10. Eliminates funding for Proposition 10 child development and anti-smoking programs. Fiscal Impact: Reduced state revenues and expenditures of $670 million annually. Annual decreases in other state General Fund revenues of $7 million and local government revenues of $6 million. Loss of potential long-term state and local savings.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The increase in the excise tax on cigarettes and on other tobacco products, approved by the voters at the November 1998 election, would be repealed and therefore these revenues, used primarily for early childhood development programs, would not be raised.

A NO vote of this measure means:
The increase in the excise tax on cigarettes and on other tobacco products, approved by the voters at the November 1998 election, would continue and the revenues would be used primarily to fund early childhood development programs.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 28:
Prop 28 is good for young children, families and taxpayers. It repeals Prop 10's $700 million bureaucracy. Prop 10 was poorly drafted. It's an invitation for waste and fraud. Prop 28 reduces taxes paid by smokers by 50 cents per pack. Prop 28 emphasizes parental responsibility. www. voteprop 28. com or call 1-800-Cheaper!

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 28:
Prop 28 was put on the ballot by the tobacco industry to kill anti-smoking programs that have reduced tobacco sales by 30 percent. In addition, Prop 28 will slash over $600 million a year from children's health and pre-school education programs. Say No to tobacco. Vote No on Prop 28.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 28:
Ned Roscoe
President of Cigarettes Cheaper!

Contact AGAINST Proposition 28:
No on Prop 28 Campaign
P. O. Box 67156
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 247-7422

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

Easy Reading Voter Guide

League of Women Voters California Voter Foundation Secretary of State News and Analysis

Los Angeles Times

Palm Springs Desert Sun San Francisco Chronicle Torrance Daily Breeze Sacramento Bee
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