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Proposition 51

Official Title: Transportation. Distribution of Existing Motor Vehicle Sales and Use Tax. Initiative Statute.






Official statewide election results are available from the Secretary of State's web site.

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Official Summary: Creates "Traffic Congestion Relief and Safe School Bus Trust Fund." Redistributes portion of existing state revenues from motor vehicle sales/leases from General Fund to Trust Fund for transportation, environmental, and safety programs. Allocates portion of these funds for: school bus safety; clean air programs; highway improvements; mass transit improvements including bus purchase, commuter and light rail expansion. Provides funds for environmental enhancement programs and traffic mitigation programs. Allocates money to 45 specific projects. For remainder of Trust Fund, specifies distribution percentages, restricts fund uses, requires accountability mechanisms. Redirects specified General Fund revenues to state and local transportation-related purposes of about $420 million in 2002-03, $910 million in 2003-04, and increasing amounts annually thereafter, depending on the increase in the sale and leasing of motor vehicles.

Web Sites



Contact Information


  Yes on 51 - Citizens for Traffic Safety
926 J Street #612
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact: Eddy Moore
(916) 313-4519


  California Tax Reform Association
926 J Street, Suite 710
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact: David Kersten
(916) 446-4300

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments




green check markLieutenant Ed Gray, President, California Organization of Police and Sheriffs (COPS)   green check markJon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assocation
green check markKirk Hunter, Co-Chair, School Transportation Coalition   green check markLenny Goldberg, Executive Director, California Tax Reform Association
green check markPaul Burris, President, Partners for Highway Safety   green check markLewis K. Uhler, President, National Tax Limitation Committee
green check markDana Rose, State Coordinator, California Safe Kids Network   green check markBarbara Inatsugu, President, League of Women Voters of California
green check markDr. John Balmes, M.D., American Lung Association of California  
green check markArturo Venegas, Jr., Chief of Police, City of Sacramento    

News Coverage

For the most current election-related news stories, CVF recommends the Rough & Tumble web site.

please note: some of the links below may no longer work, because many newspaper web sites move stories into fee-based archives after a certain amount of time)
Storm over Prop. 51 brewing in Irvine, Orange County Register, October 31, 2002
Unhappy legislators taking aim at Prop. 51, San Diego Union Tribune, October 9, 2002
Irvine Wants State Taxpayers to Fund Big Park, Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2002
Crashing Head-On Over Congestion Initiative, Los Angeles Times, October 3, 2002
Political Donors Shielded by Loophole, Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2002
Charter school cash tie to Prop. 51, The Oakland Tribune, September 30, 2002
Prop. 51 would skip Legislature to fund projects, Contra Costa Times, August 19, 2002
Many Prop. 51 allies would reap benefits, Sacramento Bee, August 13, 2002
Initiative Under Fire, Riverside Press, June 25, 2002

For More Information, CVF Recommends...

  Secretary of State's Official Voter Information Guide

Text of the Measure

Official Pro/Con Arguments

Analysis by the Legislative Analyst

  Easy Reading Voter Guide

  The League of Women Voters Pro/Con Analysis

  California Budget Project Analysis

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This page first published September 24, 2002 -- last updated November 6, 2002