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Proposition 42

Official Title: Transportation Congestion Improvement Act. Allocation of Existing Motor Vehicle Fuel Sales and Use Tax Revenues for Transportation Purposes Only. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

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

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Official Summary: Requires, effective July 1, 2003, existing revenues resulting from state sales and use taxes on the sale of motor vehicle fuel be used for transportation purposes as provided by law until June 30, 2008. Requires, effective July 1, 2008, existing revenues resulting from state sales and use taxes be used for public transit and mass transportation; city and county street and road repairs and improvements; and state highway improvements. Imposes the requirement for a two-thirds of the Legislature to suspend or modify the percentage allocation of the revenues. Fiscal Impact: Starting in 2008-09, about $1.4 billion in state gasoline sales tax revenues, increasing annually thereafter, would continue to be used for state and local transportation purposes.

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Contact Information


  Taxpayers for Traffic Relief/Yes on 42, A Coalition of Taxpayers, Construction, Business, Labor, Engineers and Commuters
11300 West Olympic Blvd., #840
Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 996-2671


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Who Signed the Ballot Arguments




green check mark Commissioner Dwight Helmick, California Highway Patrol   green check mark Wayne Johnson, President, California Teachers Association
green check mark Leo Soong, Chair of the Board, California State Automobile Association-AAA   green check mark Howard Owens, President, Congress of CA Seniors Education and Resource Foundation
green check mark Lieutenant Ed Gray, President California Organization of Police and Sheriffs (COPS)   green check mark William D. Powers, President, Health Access of California

News Coverage

(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)
Pothole Prop offers no quick fix for jarred drivers, Oakland Tribune, March 8, 2002
Gas-tax dedication measure wins approval of voters, San Francisco Chronicle, March 6, 2002
Prop. 42 limits fuel sales tax to transit, Contra Costa Times, March 2, 2002
Looser term limits not likely; Poll finds voters cool to Prop. 45 changes, warming to gas tax plan, San Francisco Chronicle, March 1, 2002
Prop. 42 gains, but Prop. 45 slides further, San Diego Tribune, March 1, 2002
Prop. 42 'Pothole Prop' to aid transportation needs, The Oakland Tribune, February 28, 2002
Two unions jump into fight against Prop. 42, Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2002
Opposition to highway measure mounts; 2 unions say Prop. 42 siphons needed funds, San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2002
Teachers launch last-minute attack on Prop. 42, The Sacramento Bee, February 27, 2002
This measure is one for the roads, Los Angeles Times, February 20, 2002
Prop. 42 shifts tax funds to transportation projects, San Diego Union Tribune, February 11, 2002
Roads ballot plan backed, Modesto Bee, January 26, 2002
Lawmakers laud road-repair initiative, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, January 31, 2002
Prop. 42 proponents campaign in Oakland, San Jose Mercury News, January 24, 2002
Proposition 42: Back to ballot box budgeting, Sacramento Bee, January 9, 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

  Original Bill Information and History

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This page first published February 21, 2002 -- final update May 10, 2002