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California Proposition 28, Repeal of "First Five" Cigarette Taxes (2000)

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California Proposition 28 was on the March 7, 2000 ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

Proposition 28 would have eliminated some provisions of Proposition 10, the "First 5 Early Childhood Cigarette Tax" approved by voters on November 3, 1988.

Specifically, Proposition 28 would have:

  • Eliminated the California Children and Families First Trust Fund, once all previously collected taxes under Proposition 10 were appropriated and expended.
  • Eliminated the 50 cents per pack excise tax on cigarettes and the equivalent tax on other tobacco products imposed by Proposition 10, which were effective January 1, 1999.
  • Eliminated the increase in the pre-existing excise tax imposed on other tobacco products which took effect July 1, 1999.[1]

Election results

Proposition 28
Defeatedd No5,230,73472.2%
Yes 2,017,425 27.8%

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

Repeal of Proposition 10 Tobacco Surtax. Initiative Statute.


The summary of the ballot measure prepared by the California Attorney General read:

  • Repeals additional $.50 per pack tax on cigarettes and equivalent increase in tax on tobacco products enacted by Proposition 10 (1998).
  • Provides for elimination of funding for Proposition 10 early childhood development and smoking prevention programs.
  • Prohibits imposition of additional surtaxes on distribution of cigarettes or tobacco products unless enacted by state legislature.
  • Provides for termination of California Children and Families First Trust Fund once all previously collected taxes under Proposition 10 are appropriated and expended.

Fiscal impact

See also: Fiscal impact statement

The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 28. That estimate was:

  • Reduction in annual state special fund revenues of approximately $670 million that would otherwise be allocated for early childhood development programs and activities.
  • Relatively small annual increases in Proposition 99 revenues of a few million dollars.
  • Annual decreases in state General Fund revenues of approximately $7 million and local government sales tax revenues of about $6 million.
  • Loss of potential long-term state and local governmental savings that could otherwise result from Proposition 10.

Campaign donations

$1,109,741 was spent in favor of the measure. $3,394,627 was spent opposing the measure.

Some of the donors opposing the measure were:

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