Much as we all want "safer" roads and highways, I urge voters to read the text of Proposition 42 before being convinced of its merits.
Only 20% of the revenues of this "motor-fuel" tax would be dedicated to public transit, and it restricts all of the proceeds of this sales tax to transportation, even though the proceeds go to the state's general fund. Many teacher and health care organizations have legitimate concerns that this restricted use of the tax revenues will potentially reduce available general fund money for education, health care and other public services. If this proposition is defeated it is likely a better, more equitable initiative will be placed on the ballot for voter approval in November 2002 that will more fully and fairly address transportation needs for all Californians.
The Green Party of Alameda County and Berkeley Citizens Action urge a No vote on Proposition 42.