Proposition 56: Should California Voters Increase the State Excise Tax on Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products?
This Budget Center analysis examines Proposition 56, the tobacco tax measure that will appear on the November 8 statewide ballot. Prop. 56 would raise the state excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products and would subject e-cigarettes containing nicotine to the excise tax for the first time. The measure is projected to boost state revenue by more than $1 billion in 2017-18, the first full fiscal year that it would be in effect, with these dollars primarily going to support Medi-Cal.
California’s Spending Per Student Has Increased Due to Proposition 30, but Still Trails the Rest of the US
This fact sheet examines what Prop. 30’s boost to state revenues has meant for California K-12 spending per student, showing that while the measure has helped narrow the gap between California and the rest of the US, the state still trails the rest of the nation.
California’s Official Poverty Rate Declined in 2015, but Millions of People Are Still Not Sharing in Our Recent Economic Gains
Drawing on the latest Census figures, this Budget Center report highlights the challenges that millions of Californians continue to face despite our state’s recent economic gains.