51 Percent Vote 'No' on California Tobacco Tax

California voters also approved a change in term limits.

Updated at 5:14 a.m. Wednesday.

California voters approved new term limits for lawmakers but turned down an effort to tax cigarettes.

With 100 percent of precincts reported, 61.3 percent of voters supported Proposition 28, the change in term limits, with 38.7 percent opposed.

Proposition 28 reduces the number of years a lawmaker can serve in the state Legislature from 14 years to 12. However, it allows lawmakers to serve in the Assembly or Senate for 12 years.

Currently, lawmakers can serve two four-year terms in the Senate or three two-year terms in the Assembly.

When it comes to Proposition 29, 51.4 percent of voters opposed the cigarettes tax while 48.5 percent supported.

Proposition 29 would've increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes from 87 cents to $1. The estimated $735 million revenue would be used for cancer and smoking research as well as tobacco law enforcement.

Kevin George June 07, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Hold it Tom.....I think Pat might have struck upon something. If we ALL worked for the gubment we could all have unconditional employment and sweet pensions.......Problem solved !!!!
Tom Yarnall June 07, 2012 at 12:31 AM
You are absolutely right Kevin and when we do that we can start working on perpetual motion. You know, I'll just bet there is already a group of government employees working on that. Actually, I think them going and coming from their assignment(I didn't say work) each day is some form of perpetual motion.
Pat P June 07, 2012 at 02:21 AM
@Kevin and Tom, I am not to blame for your career choices. As for you "all" going to work for the government, well, you can certainly try. However, many people don't have the requisite skills, education, or ability to get and maintain a security clearance. But try if you like, http://www.usajobs.gov . There are plenty of jobs available in the San Diego area if you can meet the qualifications. Who do you think analyzes data to find things like where terrorists are hiding, or other information critical to the security of this country? Who do you think processes those V.A. or Social Security claims? Or keeps the data systems up and running for those programs? Who makes sure the borders are safe? Who helps our wounded Veterans in hospitals?? Yep, another gov't employee.
Things I Learned June 07, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Kevin George June 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Pat, I had plenty of opportunities to work for the government over the years, but my good character, and stellar work ethic prevented me from doing so..


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