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State of California November 3, 1998 General
Proposition 10
State and County Early Childhood Development Programs. Additional Tobacco Surtax.

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures.

4,042,466 / 50.5% Yes votes ...... 3,962,738 / 49.5% No votes

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Infomation shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
  • Creates state commission to provide information and materials and to formulate guidelines for establishment of comprehensive early childhood development and smoking prevention programs.
  • Creates county commissions to develop strategic plans with emphasis on new programs.
  • Creates trust fund for these programs. Funding for state and county commissions and programs raised by additional $.50 per pack tax on cigarette distributors and equivalent increase in state tax on distributed tobacco products.
  • Funds exempt from Proposition 98 requirement that dedicates portion of general tax revenues to schools.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
  • Raises new revenues of approximately $400 million in 1998-99 and $750 million annually thereafter for the California Children and Families First Program, to be allocated primarily to new state and county commissions for early childhood development programs.
  • Results in reduced revenues for Proposition 99 health care and resources programs of about $18 million in 1998-99 and $7 million annually thereafter.
  • Results in increased state General Fund revenues of about $2 million in 1998-99 and $4 million annually thereafter. Results in increased county General Fund revenues of about $3 million in 1998-99 and $6 million annually thereafter.
  • Potential unknown long-term savings in state and local health, education, and other programs.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Excise taxes would be increased on cigarettes by 50 cents per pack and on other tobacco products by the equivalent of $1 per pack. The increased revenues would primarily fund early childhood development programs administered by a new state commission and county commissions.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products would not be increased and, therefore, these new revenues would not be raised for early childhood development programs.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 10:
Provides child immunizations, health care, nutrition services, domestic violence prevention and treatment for pre-school children. Doubles dollars available for anti-smoking education. Funds Breast Cancer research. Endorsed by: American Cancer Society, California School Boards Association, teachers and children's advocates. Don't be fooled by tobacco industry lies. Vote yes on 10.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 10:
Opposed by California education officials and taxpayer advocates. Amends Constitution to keep funds from California's schools. Duplicates existing programs for children and families. Creates huge new bureaucracy; 59 new commissions, thousands of new bureaucrats and over 500 political appointees to spend millions of taxpayer dollars with no independent oversight.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 10:
California Children and
Families Initiative
Rob Reiner, Chair
1875 Century Park East, Suite 300
Los Angeles,CA 90067
1-800-847-4743 or
(213) 627-5140 or
(310) 285-2328
Fax: (213) 627-5709 or
(310) 205-2721

Contact AGAINST Proposition 10:
Committee Against
Unfair Taxes
555 Capitol Mall,
Suite 600
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-6667

  Nonpartisan Analysis

League of Women Voters

California Journal California Voter Foundation Campaign Finances

Cal. Voter Foundation

Informed Voter California Voter Foundation News and Analysis

The Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, Kern Co.)

Sacramento Bee San Francisco Chronicle San Jose Mercury News Partisan Analysis


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