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Friday, April 17, 2015

California Democrats trying to raise cigarette tax

Democrats want all that you have

  • Government is never large enough for a Socialist.  There are always more voters with "needs" that must be funded with your hard earned money.

(Fox News)  -  California Democrats are trying again this year to pass a tax increase on cigarette sales, one of several bills that attempt to curb tobacco use. 
The bill if passed would increase the tax from 87 cents to $2.87 a pack, after roughly 17 years without an increase.
State Democrats have also proposed bills to limit the public use of chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes and to increase the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 that if passed would make California the only state to increase the minimum age.
Tobacco interest groups such as the Cigar Association of America told FoxNews.com on Wednesday that they will be looking into different tactics to fight the tax but no decisions have been made yet. 
The bill to increase the smoking age passed unanimously in the Senate Health Committee with bipartisan support and is now headed to the chamber’s appropriations committee. 
However, the legislation to increase the cigarette tax, now being considered by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, will likely face a more difficult path toward passage. 
The bill needs to pass with a two-thirds majority, which means it would need support from Republicans, who have previously opposed such measures.
And similar efforts have failed 17 straight times in California, according to The Los Angeles Times.
In 2012, for example, a ballot initiative to increase the tax by $1 was narrowly defeated after the tobacco interests spent $47.7 million in opposition, the newspaper also reported.
The other measures this year would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places where tobacco smoking is already prohibited, prohibit the use of chewing tobacco in professional baseball stadiums and try to reduce litter by banning single-use filters, which are on the vast majority of cigarettes.
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