Fun With Misleading Mailers: The Tax on Cigarettes 

Deconstructing the political recyclables in your mailbox.

Mailer's stance: No on Prop. 86
Opposees cigarette tax to fund tobacco prevention.

Key Funders
RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, Cigar Association of America

Claim
Under Prop. 86, "schools lose out on more than $800 million a year that could be used in the classroom."

Verdict Horseshit. The consultants who conceived this and similar mailers must think we're idiots, and they may well be right. All the same, Prop. 86 doesn't affect school funding, period. The cigarette tax would be exempt from a constitutional requirement that sets aside a percentage of new tax receipts for schools. But its opponents are trying to leverage this fact to make you think your yes vote would rob the schools of income. Sleazy, sleazy, sleazy.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Readers also liked…

Latest in Feature

  • Disappeared in Death

    Homeless and mentally ill, Joshua Pawlik was unconscious right before four Oakland police officers killed him in March. His family and friends are seeking answers.
    • Aug 8, 2018
  • Self-Care as a Political Act

    In the East Bay, women of color and queer people are making alternative health-care practices accessible and culturally relevant to their communities — as well as a key part of their activism.
    • Aug 1, 2018
  • Surviving in the Hospital Desert

    The impending closure of emergency services at Alta Bates in Berkeley has many worried about the consequences for communities in the East Bay — especially Richmond.
    • Jul 11, 2018
  • More »

Author Archives

  • Meet Mr. Wrong

    In the news biz, a small production error can create a big problem.
    • Aug 29, 2007
  • The Press-Shy Mayor

    Getting Ron Dellums on board with the media is an ongoing process, says his outgoing flack.
    • Aug 22, 2007
  • More»

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

Summer Guide 2018

It's the Express' guide to all things summer!

© 2018 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation