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 State and County Governments Spend More Than $20 Billion Annually on Incarceration and Responding to Crime
This Fact Sheet examines combined state and county spending on incarceration and responding to crime. Spending in these areas remains high, despite important criminal justice reforms adopted by voters in recent years.
A Better Measure of Poverty Shows How Widespread Economic Hardship Is in California
This Fact Sheet uses the latest Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) data to show the extent to which different groups of Californians — such as by age group or by racial or ethnic background — are confronting poverty.