Missouri Tobacco Tax, Proposition A (2002)

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The Missouri Tobacco Tax Act, also known as Proposition A, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Missouri as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have imposed an additional 2.75 cent tax per cigarette, or $0.55 per pack, as well as a 20% tax on other tobacco products. The measure would have placed revenue from these taxes into the Healthy Families Trust Fund to be used for hospital trauma care, emergency preparedness, healthcare access, prescription drug assistance for seniors, healthcare initiatives for low income citizens, life sciences research, smoking prevention and early childhood education.[1][2]

Election results

Missouri Proposition A (2002)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No912,21050.85%
Yes 881,701 49.15%

Election results via: University of Missouri Institute for Public Policy

Text of measure

The question on the ballot appeared as:[2]

Shall Missouri law be amended to impose an additional tax of 2.75 cents per cigarette (fifty-five cents per pack) and 20 percent on other tobacco products, with the new revenues placed into a Healthy Families Trust Fund to be used for the following purpose: hospital trauma care and emergency preparedness; health care treatment and access, including prescription drug assistance for seniors and health care initiatives for low income citizens, women, minorities and children; life sciences research, including medical research and the proper administration of funds for such research; smoking prevention; and grants for early childhood care and education?

An additional tax of two and three-quarters cents per cigarette and an additional tax of twenty percent of the manufacturer's invoice price for tobacco products other than cigarettes would generate net annual state revenues of approximately $342,636,000; local fiscal impact, if any, is unknown. [3]

Path to the ballot

A Cole County Circuit Court ordered this measure onto the ballot on September 16, 2002. The Missouri Secretary of State had ruled earlier that insufficient signatures were submitted.

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