Prop 29 tobacco tax defeated

by CalWatchdog Staff | June 6, 2012 7:20 am

June 6, 2012

Katy Grimes: Ballotpedia[1] just reported that Proposition 29, the Tobacco tax, was defeated 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent.


Whew! That was close.

But in the end, I think voters are just distrustful of another tax, and particularly how politicians would spend the funds.


Proposition 29
Result Votes Percentage
Defeated No 1,958,047 50.8%
Yes 1,894,871 49.2%

21,993 of 21,993 precincts reporting

Prop 29 was written to be able to stay in place for 15 years, with no legislative oversight, and would have created a $735 million a year fund without specifications on the spending.

Read other CalWatchdog stories about Prop 29 HERE[3]


  1. Ballotpedia:,_Tobacco_Tax_for_Cancer_Research_Act_(June_2012)
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