Governor Jerry Brown of California is going to try to remove half of the tobacco taxes from First 5 commission to the general funds. California receives $590 billion dollars annually from the Master Tobacco Settlement.
The purpose of the lawsuit filed in 1998 by the 46 state Attorney Generals, which resulted in the MSA, was to recover funds from tobacco companies to reimburse alleged health care cost to Medicare and Medicaid. The states have continued to use this money from tobacco users to balance the state budget. It was never about health it was always about the money. If it was about health they would be passing out tobacco cessation devices for free and they haven’t.