prop. 42 would amend the state constitution to require that all revenues from state sales and use taxes on the sale of motor vehicle fuel be used for transportation purposes (public transit and mass transportation; city and county street and road repairs and improvements; and state highway improvements).

under the 2000 transportation congestion relief program, the state has already commited itself to do this from 2003 until 2008. under prop. 42, the specific allocation would be 20% for public transportation, 40% for state transportation improvements, and 40% allocated to city and county governments for local street and road improvements.

i don't believe this sort of micromanagement belongs in the state constitution. this also doesn't appear to allow for any of the revenue to be used in funding research into alternative fuel systems. so i'll be voting no.

there's a yes on prop. 42 site (the best-designed such site i've seen yet), and once again, no site for the opponents. the los angeles times doesn't appear to have taken a stand on this yet.

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