Gordon Webster, Jr.

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BLOG: Prop. 29 filled with flaws

The tobacco tax measure Proposition 29 on the June ballot is filled with problems. This proposition imposes an additional $1 per-pack tax on cigarettes and an equivalent tax increase on other tobacco products to fund research for cancer and other diseases.

It may sound like a good idea, but now is not the right time to be creating a new government program with our declining revenues.  

Prop. 29 is estimated to raise nearly $1 billion in new taxes, but nothing in the measure requires the funding to be spent in California or even in the U.S.

This initiative takes perfectly good tax money and misspends it.

California needs to focus its priorities and scarce resources on the state’s most pressing issues.  We do not need to be creating new bureaucracy.