Sin tax won’t fix underlying problem

posted by
July 14, 2011
National Center for Policy Analysis
by staff  
Posted in Commentary

"There is a sense of bitter irony in Democratic Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's new cigarette tax proposal, which is aimed at bridging the Gopher State's budget gap.  In 2005, then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty used an increase in cigarette taxes -- which he called a 'user fee' -- to solve a state budget crisis that had shut down the government.  Yet today Minnesota finds itself right back in state finance hell, say Anthony Randazzo, director of economic research, and Carson Bruno, a research assistant, at the Reason Foundation." (07/14/11)  

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