California Proposition 125, Allocation of Gas Taxes to Purchase of Railroad Equipment (1990)

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California Proposition 125 was on the November 6, 1990 ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Proposition 125 would have amended the California Constitution to allow the government to spend money raised through taxes on motor vehicle fuels, and motor vehicle fees, to acquire railroad equipment.

Election results

Proposition 125
Defeatedd No3,859,30454.45%
Yes 3,229,081 45.55%

Constitutional changes

Fiscal impact

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

  • An unknown amount of revenues raised from the state-imposed taxes on motor vehicle fuels and fees upon the operation and use of vehicles may be shifted from existing uses for the purchase of rail transit vehicles and related equipment that operate on mass transit guideways, as a result of this measure.
  • The extent of the shift depends upon the number of counties or geographic areas that approve and use these revenues for the specified purposes.

Path to the ballot

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 125 on the ballot via Assembly Constitutional Amendment 32 (Statutes of 1990, Resolution Chapter 55).

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