Prop. 29 - 'NO' Campaign Argument
Everyone supports cancer research, but Proposition 29 is FLAWED.
READ THE FINE PRINT FOR YOURSELF.
RAISES TAXES, BUT DOESN'T CLEAN UP SACRAMENTO'S WASTEFUL SPENDING OR HELP BALANCE OUR BUDGET
- California politicians need to live within their means. Instead, a career politician is promoting Prop. 29 to raise taxes by $735 million a year to create another NEW BUREAUCRACY AND SPECIAL INTEREST SPENDING COMMISSION we can't afford.
- We have a $10+ billion deficit and voters are being threatened with cuts to schools or higher taxes. WE CAN'T FUND EXISTING PROGRAMS, YET PROP. 29 RAISES TAXES TO CREATE A WHOLE NEW GOVERNMENT SPENDING PROGRAM. That doesn't make sense.
ALLOWS CALIFORNIA TAX DOLLARS TO BE SPENT OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA
- Raises nearly $1 billion in new taxes, but allows tax dollars to be spent outside California, even outside the country (Section 30130.53(d)).
- If we're going to RAISE TAXES ON CALIFORNIANS, IT SHOULD BE SPENT IN CALIFORNIA to help create jobs.
NEW BUREAUCRACY, MORE POLITICAL APPOINTEES = MORE WASTE
- The Commission, with 6 political appointees, can spend an estimated $15 million on staff salaries and overhead annually, and saddle taxpayers with more pension and healthcare obligations (Section 30130.53(d)(5)).
- Prop. 29 allows spending $110 million annually on buildings and equipment but doesn't require money to be spent with California universities/hospitals – tax money can be given to huge for-profit corporations (Section 30130.53(d)(2)).
- Like High Speed Rail and other Commissions, this BUREAUCRACY GOES ON AND ON. Prop. 29 EXEMPTS the CEO from hiring/salary requirements (Section 30130.54(d)(2)) so the CEO can be paid hundreds of thousands a year and has the power to hire a huge staff.
DUPLICATES EXISTING PROGRAMS
- Each year, the federal government spends $6 billion on cancer research and California spends $70 million on tobacco control programs. Prop. 29 duplicates these existing programs.
- Prop. 29 requires a so-called "annual report," but it's WRITTEN BY THE COMMISSION ITSELF and doesn't require grant money to produce results (Section 30130.54(i)).
- In fact, not even the Governor, Legislature or State Auditor has authority to make changes to the initiative for 15 years, even in the case of fraud or waste (Section 6(b)). THAT'S NOT ACCOUNTABILITY!
NOTHING FOR CANCER TREATMENT
- Supporters claim it will help save billions in healthcare costs, but the measure provides NO NEW FUNDING FOR TREATING CANCER PATIENTS (Section 30130.53).
CIRCUMVENTS VOTER-APPROVED INITIATIVE, HURTS SCHOOLS
- A California voter-approved Constitutional amendment requires that any new taxes help pay for education, but Prop. 29 exempts itself from this requirement, shortchanging our schools by $300+ million per year (Section 30130.50(c)).
- We shouldn't let a career politician use a loophole to thwart voter-approved initiatives.
"Cancer research is important, but if we're going to spend $735 million a year, we need to have strict controls and make sure our tax dollars are spent in California. Prop. 29 is flawed and deserves a 'no' vote."
Marcy Zwelling, M.D. Past President, Los Angeles County Medical Association
Vote NO on Proposition 29
Teresa Casazza, President
California Taxpayers Association
La Donna R. Porter, M.D., Former President
Golden State Medical Association
Julian Canete, President
California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
Rebuttal from 'YES' Campaign
Every word you just read was from a campaign bought and paid for by the tobacco companies. Check the official state website – the tobacco companies are the ONLY ones spending millions to defeat Prop. 29: http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Measures
The tobacco companies declined to sign their message above – but that's not all they're hiding from you. The truth is Prop. 29 works; it gets people to stop smoking, and that hurts Big Tobacco's profits. Please, read Prop. 29 for yourself.
PROP. 29 SAVES LIVES – The American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Heart Association wrote Prop. 29 because this $1 per pack tobacco tax saves 104,000 lives.
PROP. 29 HELPS CALIFORNIA RESEARCH CENTERS – The University of California and the California Medical Association support Prop. 29 because it raises $585 million per year for research and will help California's best research institutions find cures to cancer, heart and lung disease.
PROP. 29 PROTECTS SCHOOLS AND KIDS – California's Superintendent of Public Instruction and the California State Parent Teachers Association support Prop. 29 because it stops over 200,000 children from ever becoming smokers.
PROP. 29 REQUIRES STRONG FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY – A Citizens Oversight Committee ensures funds go directly to doctors and scientists. Strict accountability laws prohibit conflicts of interest, require annual independent audits, and cap administrative costs at less than 2% (Section 30130.54). These accountability laws are backed up by stiff criminal penalties for violations (Section 30130.56).
THE TRUTH IS PROP. 29 SAVES LIVES, BUT ONLY WITH A YES VOTE.
Dr. Beth Y. Karlan, M.D., Director
Women's Cancer Program, Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD
Nobel Laureate in Medicine
Dr. Balazs "Ernie" Bodai, M.D.
Founder of the Breast Cancer Stamp