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.
Source: Prop 56 spending formula for net funds after backfill and earmarked allocations
Note: Up to $147 million can be used for administrative costs—over 10% of the net revenues raised by the initiative.
Prop 56 Allocates
of New Tobacco Tax Money to
Help Smokers or Stop Kids from Starting
If we are going to tax smokers another $1.4 billion per year, more should be dedicated to helping 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.