We all want to help those who want to stop smoking, but
Prop 56 is not what it appears to be.
Prop 56 is a $1.4 billion “tax hike grab” by insurance companies and other wealthy special interests to dramatically increase their profits by shortchanging schools and ignoring other pressing problems.
Prop 56 Allocates
Of new tobacco tax money to treat smokers or stop kids from starting
If we are going to tax smokers another $1.4 billion per year, more should be dedicated to treating them and keeping kids from starting.
Instead, most of the $1.4 billion in new taxes goes to health insurance companies and other wealthy special interests, instead of where it is needed.
Prop 56 spending formula, tobacco tax revenues
Source: Prop 56 spending formula for net funds after backfill and earmarked allocations
Note: Up to $147 million can be used for administrative costs – nearly 10% of the total revenues raised by the initiative.
Not one penny of the new tax money from
Prop 56 will go to improving our kids’ schools.
Cheats SchoolsOut of at least
$600 MillionPer year
Doesn't Solve ProblemsFacing California Families
Per YearOn Overhead and Bureaucracy
to wealthy special interests using our initiative process just to increase their profits.
to cheating schools out of at least $600 million per year.
to millions of new tax dollars going to overhead and administration with the potential for waste, fraud, and abuse.
to rewarding health insurance companies and wealthy special interests with even bigger profits, instead of solving real problems like roads, violent crime and fully funding our schools.