Posts Tagged ‘tobacco tax’

Lawmakers lighting up $2 per pack cigarette tax hike

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Like a re-lit cigarette, smoke again is rising from Senate Bill 768. By state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, the bill would place a new tax on cigarettes of $2 a pack, with an equivalent tax on cigars, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. With de Leon slated to become the next Senate pre...

Study finds tripling tobacco tax would ignite smuggling

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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One out of five cigarettes puffed in California is smuggled. Yet a proposed $2 tax increase on every pack of cigarettes, which would increase the price to $9 per pack, would ignite cigarette smuggling, a new study by the California Foundation for Commerce and Education found. Senate Bill 768 by S...

‘Sin tax’ would burn cigar-smoking lawmakers

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Tobacco taxes are relatively easy for lawmakers to pass because they are a tax on a hated and "sinful" habit -- smoking. But the smoking tax proposed in SB 768 would extend to cigars, a  favorite vice of many lawmakers and Capitol elites. There are several chichi cigar lounges within walki...

SB 768 cigarette tax could promote smuggling

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

May 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes A new bill could drive cigarette prices even higher. It especially would hit working-class Californians because they're more likely to smoke than professionals. SB 768 is by state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. It would increase the state's cigarette tax another...

The Tobacco Settlement Bait-And-Switch

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Dec. 08, 2012 By Joseph Perkins “California’s lawsuit against the tobacco industry has reached a successful conclusion that provides a major victory in the fight against smoking.” So said Bill Lockyer, then the state’s attorney general, back in 1999. The settlement guaranteed the state ...

Prop 29 tobacco tax defeated

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

June 6, 2012 Katy Grimes: Ballotpedia just reported that Proposition 29, the Tobacco tax, was defeated 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. Whew! That was close. But in the end, I think voters are just distrustful of another tax, and particularly how politicians would spend the funds.   Propo...

Prop 29 shaping up to be fiscal disaster

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

May 25, 2012 By Katy Grimes What do stem cell research and cancer research have in common? In California, both health causes serve as money making mechanisms for bureaucrats. Stem cell research In 2004, California voters passed the stem cell initiative, Proposition 71, which authorized the cre...

Sneaky Govt Expansion Tax

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Katy Grimes: 20,000 California teachers found pink slips in their mailboxes recently.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the termination notices are the result of a more than $10 billion deficit and decades of reckless overspending. With California's education bureaucracy claiming to be...