California Proposition 28
was on the March 7, 2000 ballot
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.
| Proposition 28|
|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.
- 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.
$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: