Vote NO on Prop 29

Russ Steele

Why NO on Prop 29?  Katy Grimes writing at CalWatchdog has the details: State raids tobacco tax money

A newly released federal study reports that California has not only used very little of the billions of dollars in tobacco tax and tobacco settlement money it receives, the state has raided the tobacco fund to plug budget holes.


The report found that between 1998 and 2010, California collected nearly $22 billion from a lawsuit settlement with tobacco companies and from cigarette taxes, but only spent $1.3 billion, on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

Why create another tax that the state can plunder?  NO on 29!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to Vote NO on Prop 29

  1. sean2829 says:

    Aw c’mon Russ, don’t you like steep regressive taxes on the poor? (The poor are 3x more likely to smoke than the affluent.)

  2. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    Here they are producing really really gross ads for TV – take your pick

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