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Lawmakers lighting up $2 per pack cigarette tax hike 9

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

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Study finds tripling tobacco tax would ignite smuggling

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

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‘Sin tax’ would burn cigar-smoking lawmakers 12

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

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SB 768 cigarette tax could promote smuggling 5

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

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The Tobacco Settlement Bait-And-Switch 2

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

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Prop 29 tobacco tax defeated 0

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

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Prop 29 shaping up to be fiscal disaster 20

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

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Sneaky Govt Expansion Tax 0

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

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