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State of California March 5, 2002 Election
Proposition 42
Transportation Congestion Improvement Act

Legislative Constitutional Amendment

3,345,877 / 69.1% Yes votes ...... 1,499,475 / 30.9% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the California Constitution be amended to require gasoline and diesel fuel sales tax revenues be allocated for specified transportation purposes, including highways, streets and roads, and transit improvements?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Requires, effective July 1, 2003, existing revenues resulting from state sales and use taxes on the sale of motor vehicle fuel be used for transportation purposes as provided by law until June 30, 2008. Requires, effective July 1, 2008, existing revenues resulting from state sales and use taxes be used for public transit and mass transportation; city and county street and road repairs and improvements; and state highway improvements. Imposes the requirement for a two-thirds of the Legislature to suspend or modify the percentage allocation of the revenues.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Starting in 2008-09, about $1.4 billion in gasoline sales tax revenues, increasing annually thereafter, would continue to be used for state and local transportation purposes.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The State Constitution would require, beginning in 2003-04, that gasoline sales tax revenues be used annually for state and local transportation purposes.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Gasoline sales tax revenues would not be required by the State Constitution to be used for state and local transportation purposes.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of Statethe Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 42:
Police, fire and public safety officials, taxpayer groups, auto clubs recommend YES on 42. Requires gasoline sales tax (we already pay at the pump) be used to improve road safety, mass transit and reduce traffic-- WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. 6000 bridges/overpasses need repair. ANNUAL AUDIT required. Provides ACCOUNTABILITY to TAXPAYERS.

For more information, see full Arguments & Rebuttals

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 42:
Prop 42 has us voting in 2002 on spending priorities that take effect in 2008. It would force $1.2 billion in vital education, health care and public safety cuts to pay for increased spending on transportation. It locks into the Constitution a transportation spending formula with no taxpayer accountability.

For more information, see full Arguments & Rebuttals

Contact FOR Proposition 42:
Taxpayers for Traffic Relief/Yes on 42, A Coalition of Taxpayers, Construction, Business, Labor, Engineers and Commuters

11300 West Olympic Blvd., #840; Los Angeles, CA 90064; 310-996-2671; info@yesprop42.com http://www.yesprop42.com

Contact AGAINST Proposition 42:
No contact information available.

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