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Higher tobacco tax? It's still a no-brainer

It should be a no-brainer to partially close the hole with a higher tobacco tax. Based on the anti-29 campaign, the cigarette makers shouldn't object. California's tax is 87 cents per pack, well below the national average of $1.46. We rank 33rd. Texas' tax ... read more

Rural residents smoke at higher rates than city dwellers

“I think the most important factors are still ... 1.01 tax on cigarette packs, states vary widely on their additional prevention measures. For example, New York has the highest state tax on cigarettes, $4.35 per pack. In 2015, about 15.2 percent of its ... read more

New Jersey May Adopt Highest Corporate Tax in the Country

In 2021, Iowa is repealing federal deductibility and reducing its rate to 9.8 percent; but even before then New Jersey’s proposed 11.5 percent and 13 percent rates will be higher ... tax cut relative to last year, New Jersey’s state tax policies are ... read more

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Growth and taxes: Can Alaska's local option sales tax system prove a model for Montana?

In Juneau, the tax is set at 5 percent. It doesn’t include alcohol, tobacco, gas or lodging ... to a community also leave a large footprint on its infrastructure, is a move that to Parady seems a no-brainer. “Why wouldn’t you jingle the loose ... read more

Local View: Higher tobacco taxes improve health

A $1.50 cigarette tax increase will save more than $450 million in long-term health care costs and bring in more than $75 million in new revenue in its first year alone. While Nebraska can further reduce smoking by devoting some of the revenue to ... read more

With Higher Cigarette Taxes, Concerns About Smuggling

"Almost every excise tax forecast that we have made ... results in more revenue to a state government." The Massachusetts Department of Revenue says it expects an extra $135 million over the next 10 months off higher tobacco ... tax still has its supporters. read more

Higher taxes on e-cigarettes approved by Senate committee

TRENTON — Whether you chew, smoke cigars or a pipe, or have traded traditional tobacco products for electronic cigarettes, New Jersey consumers would pay a lot more for their habit under a bill a state Senate committee ... that the higher taxes would ... read more

Tobacco tax failure highlights Oklahoma legislative dysfunction

The package included a $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax, a six-cent tax increase on gas and changes to the way Oklahoma taxes low-point beer and cigars. It would have covered much of the budget shortfall while still requiring ... and be higher than the rate ... read more

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