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Slush Fund from Hackers

November 28, 2011

Hey, we’re California, and we need money.  Let’s take some from the tobacco settlement!  Uh, nope.

A judge has ruled that the state of California cannot take $1 billion in tobacco taxes away from an early childhood development program.

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers had proposed using $1 billion from the California Children’s Trust Fund to help cover the state’s health care budget

I know.  You’re all shocked that the tobacco fund could be raided in any way, shape, or form.  Becuase, of course, all the states agreed that any money from the fund would only be used in specific ways.  Like, for smoking prevention programs.  Healthcare is ALMOST like preventing people from smoking, though… maybe?

I’m not even a fan of tobacco.  I stopped smoking about two packs after I started because I’m cheap, and cigarettes weren’t.  But state budgets, especially CA’s, are out of control, and that money has to come from somewhere.  I suppose in this case the state is constrained by its own legal maneuvers.

This isn’t to say that the Brown administration won’t find some other way to find money outside of actual budget cuts for over-burdened programs.  We’ll see what else they try, but at least this option is out of the way for now.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2011 8:43 am

    I’m shocked that a PR group would actually have 1 bil. Seems a bit excessive…

    • November 29, 2011 8:53 am

      A nationwide lawsuit and a $0.50 tax on cigs due to a CA proposition would give any PR fund a bit of slush.

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