Donnelly: Bipartisan Rage over Gov. Jerry Brown ‘Stealing’ Prop 56 Cigarette Tax Money
Gov. Jerry Brown is coming under increasing fire from all sides for ‘stealing’ $1.2 Billion of the cigarette tax money—raised from Proposition 56—and diverting it into the state’s General Fund.
“At the cost of families in rural California, Governor Brown has prioritized access to healthcare for those living in urban areas and along the coast over those most in need in the Central Valley. If he truly cared about ensuring all Californians had access to healthcare, he would work to improve Medicaid reimbursement rates for the most prosperous state in the nation. Governor Brown worsened the problem when he went against the wish of California voters and stole the $1.2 billion from prop 56.”
The link provided in the joint press release—leads to a story on the California Medical Association (CMA) website entitled: “Brown’s budget steals Prop. 56 revenue,” which excoriates Brown.