CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 7

by CalWatchdog Staff | September 7, 2016 9:53 am

Good morning! Happy hump day. We’re talking about ballot measures first this morning. 

There’s broad agreement that the 17 initiatives on the statewide ballot on November 8[1] cover some of the most significant public-policy issues to come before voters in more than a decade.

For instance, voters will have a chance to legalize marijuana, outlaw the death penalty, put an end to the state’s virtual ban on bilingual education, approve a broad gun-control package and reduce prison sentences for some non-violent felons.

But two months before the election, one of the highest-visibility measures also is fairly narrow in scope. Proposition 56[2] would raise California’s relatively low tobacco tax (relative to other states) by $2 a cigarette pack – and increase taxes by an equivalent amount on all other tobacco products (cigars, chewing tobacco, etc.).

It also would significantly increase taxes on electronic cigarettes and vaping products. It has high visibility right now because of a series of advertisements opponents are running on radio stations across the state.

CalWatchdog[3] has more.  

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  1. 17 initiatives on the statewide ballot on November 8:
  2. Proposition 56:
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  4. The Orange County Register:
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  7. The San Jose Mercury News:
  8. Speaking at 12:30 p.m.:

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