“Sinful” tax collections won’t fix budget woes in Missouri

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February 15, 2011
Show-Me Institute
by Christine Harbin  
Posted in Commentary

"Missouri is strapped for cash, and state lawmakers have proposed a quick fix: hiking the cigarette tax rate. Smokers are an easy target, certainly. They choose to inhale a known carcinogen, and nonsmokers like me ultimately bear some of their health care costs. Unfortunately for Missourians, raising the rate on cigarettes or other targeted vices is unlikely to solve the state’s budget woes." (02/14/11)



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