Category: Tax

Legislative Bill calls for an increase on alcohol and tobacco tax

Tweet The Assembly Taxation Committee held a hearing Tuesday on AB 333, which calls for an increase on all alcohol and tobacco products. Democratic Assemblywoman Peggy Pierce said proposed increase in sin taxes really isn’t that dramatic. “We’re talking about six cents on a bottle of wine,” said Pierce. No one would even notice that or even a 45 cent hike on high end liquor.” The state hasn’t raised taxes on t ... Jump to full article >>

House Holds Public Hearing On Tobacco Tax

Tweet Democrats held an informational meeting on raising the cigarette tax in Idaho by $1.25 per pack, a move forced by the Republican Party’s refusal to schedule a hearing. About 60 people attended Monday’s session. Democrats want a tax hike from 57 cents per pack now to help reduce smoking – and raise money to fund programs being cut, including public schools and Medicaid. Republicans, even those who also favor a cigarette tax ... Jump to full article >>

Democrats To Host Own Public Session On Tobacco Tax

Tweet Democrats in Boise are trying to light a fire under state revenue. They say raising the tobacco tax in the state from 57 cents to a $1.25 is something the state drastically needs. “It would help on the $50 million in cuts to state education for the third year in a row,” Rep. Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello, said. Democrats are hosting a public information session at 4:30 p.m. Monday, and Smith said republican resistance to having a he ... Jump to full article >>

Georgia physicians rally in support of a $1 cigarette tax hike

Tweet Georgia doctors gathered today at the Capitol to encourage Congress to increase the state tax on cigarettes by one dollar per pack. The physicians spoke at the Capitol on Wednesday on behalf of the Bump It Up A Buck campaign. They delivered one thousand petitions to the Governor’s office arguing for the $1 hike. “Tobacco has no redeeming qualities,” said Dr. Harry Heiman of Morehouse Medical School at the press conference. “There i ... Jump to full article >>

NC Legislators Propose Increasing Cigarette Tax By $1

Tweet Raleigh, NC — Two North Carolina lawmakers have filed a bill that, if passed, would increase the state’s cigarette tax by $1. Rep. Jennifer Weiss (D-Wake) and Sen. William Purcell (D-Scotland) said the tax could generate about $300 million in new revenue for North Carolina, which is the nation’s top tobacco-producing state. But Purcell told WFMY News 2 money isn’t his main goal. He wants to prevent teens from smokin ... Jump to full article >>

Florida must close loophole in tobacco tax

Tweet Our state lawmakers will soon have to make incredibly difficult decisions to address Florida’s unprecedented budget crisis. In times like these, funding for critical services like health care may face drastic reductions. Important legislation that would close the notorious “Non-Participating Manufacturers loophole” in Florida’s tobacco policy would help remedy our budget shortfall. The 1997 Florida Tobacco Settlement ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco tax could go up in budget

Tweet THE Federal Government’s indigenous smoking coordinator has hinted that Labor could increase the tobacco excise in the May budget. Tom Calma, who has the job of reducing smoking rates in Aboriginal communities, made the call at the National Press Club in Canberra on Thursday. Asked whether he would like to see the government increase the tobacco tax in the upcoming budget, Mr Calma said: “I believe that’s mooted.” Bu ... Jump to full article >>

Cigarette Tax Hikes for Georgia & Nebraska?

Tweet ATLANTA & LINCOLN, Neb. — Lawmakers in both Georgia and Nebraska are mulling cigarette excise tax increases to fund health-care in the states. For Georgia, the proposed increase would raise the state tax 84% from 37 cents to 68 cents per pack, while Nebraska is looking at a whopping 211% increase to $1.99 per pack. Nebraska Sen. Mike Gloor proposed the increase in his state, according to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star. The ... Jump to full article >>

Cigarette tax jumps 84 percent in proposal

Tweet Proponents estimate it would generate an additional $136 million annually. Smokers say it’s way too much. Health advocates say it’s not nearly enough. The current tax on a pack of 20 smokes is 64 cents. It kicks $63 million into the state treasury each year. Opponents of tobacco use told the panel to go for it and forward the measure to the full Unicameral for debate. They cited the health hazards linked to smoking. On the contrary, say ... Jump to full article >>

No-smoking advocates push for $1 tax hike on packs of cigarettes

Tweet ATLANTA — A mix of organizations announced Thursday efforts to get lawmakers to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 as a way to increase state revenues and discourage teens from smoking. This is the fourth year groups like the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association have pushed for the tax hike. This year, they’re getting help from the retiree organization AARP and the Georgia Educators Association, who are see ... Jump to full article >>