Jessica Miller | April 11, 2013
Leaders of two big state Senate committees, together with Senate President Jeff Kessler, are supporting a bill that would increase state cigarette taxes by 1$ starting this July. The law, released during Monday’s floor session, would boost per-pack taxes from 55 cents to $1.55. It also would raise taxes on other smoking products from 7% of the wholesale price to 50 % of the wholesale price.
Jessica Miller | November 7, 2012
One of the biggest problem Missourians decided on Tuesday was whether to raise taxes on cigs, and late Tuesday night the issue was remoting 46 percent to 54 percent with only 48 percent of the limits reporting. You Decide 2012 Election Results Currently, Missouri has the lowest state taxes on all cigarettes in the nation. Inhabitants especially smokers pay 79 cents in state taxes on cigs in Kansas and only 17 cents in Missouri. Prop B would add 73 cents in state taxes per package, for a total of 90 cents. And if you do the math, it’s a 429 per cent tax hike, not 760, as opponents require.
Jessica Miller | October 18, 2012
The fact that it is an important election season has not slipped by anyone. Everyone is being attacked by campaign advertisements from the presidential race to the Missouri senatorial race. However, there is one thing that has not been publicized as much in the northwest part of the state that will be on the ballot this election. Missouri residents will have a spot on their votes this November for Proposition B. Prop. B is a ballot initiative designed to increased taxes on cigs and other smoking products. The proposed tax increase would raise the tax on all cigarettes by 73 cents.
Jessica Miller | October 12, 2012
The Philippine government is disposing to afford flexibility to Thailand as it awaits the October 15 deadline on the cigarettes tax issue, a Trade official told scientists yesterday. However, Trade Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal declared that this delay will only be permitted if Thailand only needs to enforce law that would provide a specious tax scheme to imported cigs. “We are open to options depending on the study of Thailand. We are open to be adaptable especially as we know from our own legislative process that it takes time,” argued Mr. Cristobal in a recent interview with reporters at the sidelines of the 38th Philippine Business Conference in Manila yesterday.
Jessica Miller | October 4, 2012
The Omaha City Council has approved a 3 percent tax on all smoking products to help pay for a new University of Nebraska cancer center, noted the Associated Press. The council voted five to two on Tuesday to approve the new tax hike. Council members Jean Stothert and Franklin Thompson voted against it. The proposal would have imposed a 7 percent tax on tobacco products sales in Omaha for to help pay for the center. The new ordinance has drawn criticism from Governor Dave Heineman.