CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 27

by CalWatchdog Staff | September 27, 2016 9:33 am

Good morning! With the election a little more than a month away, we’re being bombarded with horserace news about the 17 statewide ballot measures. That includes fact checks. 

Twice now we’ve seen fact-checkers panning the anti-tobacco tax campaign’s claim in a radio ad that Prop. 56, an increase of $2 per pack on cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products, “cheats schools out of at least $600 million a year” — once in The Sacramento Bee[1] and once in Politifact California[2].

And then last week, when a video with similar claims was released by the “No” campaign, The Bee[3] doubled down on its assessment that the commercial contains “inaccurate claims about school funding and omits information to mislead voters.”

Making no value judgement about the pending measure, while happily admitting that the fact-checker sites generally perform good work and a valuable public service, CalWatchdog decided to fact-check the fact-checkers.

One of the findings was that there is at least a diversion of potential funds. In 1988, voters passed Prop. 98, which Prop. 111 then amended the following election. These policies earmarked a certain amount of new revenue for education funding.

Voters have the power to amend the Constitution to waive this requirement, as would be done in this case. But that doesn’t change the fact that we currently live in a world where a certain amount of all new funding is earmarked for education.

CalWatchdog[4] has more.

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