FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A lawmaker has filed legislation that would increase Kentucky's cigarette tax by 70 cents a pack.
State Rep. David Watkins, D-Henderson, said the measure would generate needed state revenue and discourage people from smoking.
He is proposing that the cigarette tax be increased from 30 cents to $1 a pack.
The Legislative Research Commission estimates that the measure could generate an additional $205 million in tax revenues. The state currently receives $165 million a year from cigarette sales.
Lawmakers have been eyeing the tax increase as a way to help offset a budget shortfall of nearly $900 million over the next two years.