Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tobacco Tax

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Arkansas is joining the list of states that tack on a hefty tax on cigarettes. We're talking 56 cents a pack and smokers are not happy. As one who gave it up years ago, I think the idea of using the money to improve medical care in our state has merit. Here's the way The Arkansas Times is reporting on it:

Tobacco tax approved

It's done. The Senate this morning approved the $88 million tobacco tax with a vote to spare, 28-7. A huge victory for Gov. Mike Beebe. All that's left is the signing.Has there ever been such a contentious piece of legislation passed on the first try in each house? Beebe struck his deals beforehand. No special pleadings by [...]

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