Skip to comments.Californians Reject Cigarette Tax - Jig Is Up
Posted on 06/09/2012 6:49:12 AM PDT by Positive
Maybe, just maybe the people of California are somehow becoming aware of the disaster that the left wing politicians have brought down upon them.
Last Tuesday, while Scott Walker was smacking his recall down in Wisconsin and San Diego and San Jose were cutting the public employee pension funds, there was another possible bellwhether going on.
With 100% of the votes counted in California, Proposition 29 seems to have gone down to defeat. This would have put an additional $1.00/pack tax on Cigarettes.
Why is it that this may a be a "Jig is Up" bellwhether?
Well, according to the Ca. Dept. of Health, only 11% of adult Californians smoke. 89% of Californians could have voted for this tax which would not have directly impacted them. It would have been a tax only on the smokers and would supposedly raise money for cancer research.
Since 50.4% voted against the new tax, approximately something in the area 40% of the voters chose not to tax "the other guy."
This is an amazing departure from past performance for the California electorate.
Seems like Californias just might not want the politians to have anmy more money...
The link is bad.
About damn time, However I think it is probably too late to save the place.
May also signal that the 'Jig is down" or that the "Jig is out" too. /snic
By the same token , during Porkulus how often was Hussein on TV saying ,"we need to hire MORE firefighters & teachers"?
We passed porkulus and not 2 years later here's Hussein again saying we haven't hired enough firefighters and teachers.
California Department of Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/NR11-031SmokingChart.aspx
California Secretary of State Live Election Results: http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/ballot-measures/
These are the two links.
Singapore National Institute of Chemistry?
It's good news but this by itself is not "evidence" of any new trend. It has been decades since Californians have approved a direct tax increase ballot measure -- if ever. It's the constant approval of bonds and re-electing of officials whose names sound familiar that is killing our state.
supposedly being the operative word here since it has NEVER been the states job to do cancer research with taxpayers money...
That is how the state gets the money to repay the bond principle and interest.
The only way that they can make the connection to cancer research....is they arrange for a track of land to be bought in a industrial park, then lease it to the company for a minimal amount of money, for like a twenty-year lease. The second method is to hand a chunk of money over to a university program and just say to do anything...that relates to cancer research, and the university spends the money in that fashion.
Haven’t California voters approved several conservative ballot issues only to see the corrupt judges ignore the will of the people ?
Aren’t the legislative processes supposed to supersede judicial rulings ?
Vote to be overturned by CSer fed judge in 10 seconds.
I question that figure. More propaganda from the state to help them tax more.
The CDC says 19.3% of Americans smoke with 21% of non-Hispanic whites and 20.6% of non-Hispanic blacks. 12.5% of Hispanics smoke according to the 2010 data.
Some judge will be along soon to nullify this vote and the votes in San Diego and San Jose.
This proposed tax was so bad, the LA Slimes and the defenders of Prop 13 were in agreement to shoot it down.
The tax $’s raised would have gone to other left wing bs non profits in other states.
Yep, immigration crackdown, parental notification of abortion on minors, protection of marriage (TWICE!) have all been passed by voters or the legislature and yanked by courts over the years.
Anytime a busybody judge wants to issue a stay on a law, they can (until overturned). The appeals then take decades and if the wrong guy winds up as A.G. they can pull the rug out from under the whole process.
I understand that. It is an indirect tax. I have written several ballot arguments against bonds that were published in the official voter information packet over the years -- which is why I referred to this year's measure as a "direct tax." The voters have seen those and rejected them every time. Meanwhile there was no bond on the ballot to compare, so my statement stands. While this was a very welcome outcome, it's not evidence of any new behavior pattern from voters.
i suspect this tax failed because the majority of people who smoke cigarettes are lower middle class and poor and this would be a tax directly on them. if this tax only affected “the rich” ie anyone who makes more money than they do the tax would have passed.
Pensions and health coverage for public sector employees.
Good for them. Nothing made me more disappointed with my fellow Coloradans than when they voted to double the tobacco tax a few years ago. CO has become infected with liberal parasites but it took more than just libs to make that self-serving un-American choice.
There were widespread predictions that this tax would introduce California to the joys of gang-dominated cigarette smuggling.
I suspect the cigarette tax is dead, but I suspect unions will try to get activist judges to overturn pension reform.
If they do, paycheck protection will probably pass on initiative.
50.4% AGAINST an enemy proposal - somebody is on the way to the wood shed. Couldn’t ANYONE find a few thousand vote in an old desk or the trunk of a state owned car?
and why do we need more firefighters? I haven’t heard of any major fires burning down a city lately? I used to be one, now most of them are running medical calls with a half million dollar firetruck instead of downsizing.
My reason is this was an affirmative measure. A yes vote would create a tax. Therefore since it did not pass, nothing happens. A judge or court can't make a new thing come into fuition.
A dim supervised recount is another thing though. Some missing votes may be found.
Bad link! Bad! Bad! ;’)