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Proponents Cleared To Gather Signatures For $2 Cigarette Tax Increase

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Proponents of a $2 cigarette tax increase have been cleared to begin gathering signatures to take the question to California voters in 2016. 121 more words


Legislative session ends, leaving the film industry and some public health lobbyists disappointed

Baton Rouge, La. (WGNO) – The president of the Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association, Will French, is seeing red—and it’s not the red carpet. He says that after two years of working to find a solution to the state’s film tax credit situation, the legislature chose an option that’s “unconstitutional,” capping redemptions at $180 million. 298 more words


Lawmakers to consider tax on gas and cigarettes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House panel is preparing to debate proposals to increase the state’s sales, gasoline and cigarette taxes.

The Taxation Committee was meeting Tuesday to continue work on plan for raising at least $406 million to close a projected budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1. 74 more words


New tobacco tax heading to voters

Advocates say prevention is the “best medicine” when it comes to tobacco-related diseases. But tobacco companies are expected to spend heavily after beating back two ballot efforts in the last decade.

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Anti-smoking advocates voice support for cigarette tax hike

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Health advocates say they support a proposed state tax hike to cigarettes.

Representatives of Kansans for a Healthy Future said at a Monday news conference that increasing cigarette taxes would both bring in revenue and save the state money as it reduces smoking. 77 more words


Gov. Robert Bentley proposes cigarette tax increase

Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to fill a $700 million budget shortfall includes increasing the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products by 82.5 cents a pack. 366 more words

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Kansas House speaker opposes tobacco, alcohol tax increases

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick says he opposes Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to increase tobacco and alcohol taxes to help close a projected budget shortfall. 98 more words