California Split on Proposition 29 to Raise Tax on Cigarettes
Voters will decide at the polls Tuesday whether the tax should be imposed, as they cast their ballots on Proposition 29. The Times' George Skelton had a few things to say about the campaign the tobacco companies have been running and their motives.
Willie Brown isn't one to keep his opinions to himself.
Proposition 29 is a ballot measure that if approved by California voters would add an extra 75% on top of the current state tobacco tax. Among the most vocal opponents of the ballot measure are premium cigar stores.
Mitt Romney was a landslide winner in California, but controversial Proposition 29 is too close to call. By Eddie Trent All numbers were current as of 11:00pm, with 27.8% precincts in statewide and 43.61% of the ballots counted in Riverside County.
As to what brought them out to vote today, he said, “We wanted to vote yes on (Prop.) 29, mainly to stop smoking; making it expensive enough that people will quit.” On the presedential election: “I think it's going to be close.