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State of California November 2, 2004 Election
Proposition 63
Mental Health Services Expansion, Funding. Tax on Personal Incomes above $1 Million
State of California

Initiative Statute

6,183,119 / 53.7% Yes votes ...... 5,330,052 / 46.3% No votes

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Results as of Dec 6 4:02pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24035/24035)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should a 1% tax on taxable personal income above $1 million to fund expanded health services for mentally ill children, adults, seniors be established?

Summary Prepared by Attorney General:
  • Provides funds to counties to expand services and develop innovative programs and integrated service plans for mentally ill children, adults and seniors.
  • Requires state to develop mental health service programs including prevention, early intervention, education and training programs.
  • Creates commission to approve certain county mental health programs and expenditures.
  • Imposes additional 1% tax on taxpayers' taxable personal income above $1 million to provide dedicated funding for expansion of mental health services and programs.
  • Prohibits state from decreasing funding levels for mental health services below current levels.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Additional state revenues of about $800 million annually by 2006+07, with comparable annual increases in total state and county expenditures for expansion of mental health programs. Unknown partially offsetting savings to state and local agencies.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
A surcharge on state personal income taxes would be enacted for taxpayers with annual taxable incomes of more than $1 million to finance an expansion of county mental health programs.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Funding for county mental health programs would largely be dependent upon actions by the Legislature and Governor.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 63:
Proposition 63 expands mental health care for children and adults, using programs proven to be effective. Paid for by 1% tax on taxable personal income over $1 million. Requires strict financial accountability. Supported by nurses, mental health professionals, law enforcement, educators. Let's stop neglecting mental illness. Vote YES on Proposition

Full Text of Argument In Favor

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 63:
Prop. 63 is a false promise. It doesn't treat the mentally ill, but is a shortsighted substitute for long-term solutions. Built on a shaky funding scheme, 63 drives away the very taxpayers it needs, destroying its own funding source. Don't jeopardize the health of thousands with a feel-good plan.

Full Text of Argument Against

Contact FOR Proposition 63:
Rusty Selix
Campaign for Mental Health
1127 11th Street, #925
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact AGAINST Proposition 63:
Citizens for a Healthy California
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1560
Sacramento, CA 95814

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