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Montana lawmakers choose their leaders in Senate and House

Republican lawmakers from both chambers said their priority is to strengthen and unify their party to increase their chances ... for the program by raising the state's tobacco taxes. "Montanans might ... read more

Lawmakers hesitant on so-called ‘soda tax’

Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, said the tobacco tax had a similar intention regarding how the revenues would be spent, but the state did not stick to its plan. She said she is skeptical that lawmakers can . ... read more

Big Tobacco Spends Big To Block A Tax And Medicaid Expansion In Montana

Amanda Cahill, a supporter of Montana's tobacco tax measure, I-185, at a press conference near ... expansion of Medicaid eligibility in the state would expire in 2019 unless lawmakers voted to reappro... read more

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Soda industry steals page from tobacco to combat taxes on sugary drinks

Some California lawmakers ... cigarette taxes. The tobacco industry fought smoke-free laws by warning that they would drive customers away from restaurants and bars. In fact, the Centers for Disease C... read more

Cigarette tax hike runs into opposition

SPRINGFIELD — A Democratic push for a $1-a-pack cigarette tax increase to pay for a statewide construction ... The agriculture panel, which is dominated by conservative downstate lawmakers, recommende... read more

Big Soda And The Ballot: Soda Industry Takes Cues From Tobacco To Combat Taxes

That's because for years, tobacco companies used their lobbying clout to persuade state lawmakers ... bans increase business at bars and restaurants because customers enjoy clean air. Similarly, resea... read more

Lawmakers debate tax hike on cigarettes, alcohol to raise revenue

But representatives from convenience stores, cigar businesses, and the cigarette ... such a tax hike would result in an "Internet black market" of cigarettes and liquor. He acknowledged Nevada might n... read more

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR — For Thursday, Nov. 15

Jack Coffman, President, Clark County Recycling District Time to increase tobacco tax It’s ... I’m hopeful my lawmakers, Senator Ron Grooms and Representative Ed Clere, will vote for any efforts next ... read more

Tobacco tax failure highlights Oklahoma legislative dysfunction

Lawmakers need to quit saying one thing and doing another. Support for the tobacco tax runs deep across Oklahoma. Legislators should end the posturing and pointless partisanship, back their words with ... read more

With lawsuits resolved, backers focus on benefits of Missouri tobacco tax hike in new ad

But other lawmakers have expressed support, including Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis. The proposal seeks to raise the tax on tobacco by ... the conversation back to early childhood education, estim... read more

Opponents of cigarette tax hike get their say

Oregon lawmakers would be aghast to consider a tax increase of roughly $300 per person on low-income people -- except when those low-income people are smokers, who have little political clout, testifi... read more

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