Proposed Tax Has Some Fired Up

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Michelle Location: Bowling Green on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    Considering a tax increase on cigarettes is not a great idea, IMO. It doesn't hurt those that smoke that have the means to do so. Who it does hurt are the children of those in a lower socioeconomic class. I agree that cigarettes are a terrible habit, but think about the children. That's who you will be hurting. They will not stop smoking!!!!!!!!!!!!! For all of you sharing the opinion that smokers should be taxed to the hilt, think about this; People that live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones.
  • by skyhawk Location: Lexington on Feb 5, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    Otto, I will ask you the same question that I posted earlier, did you have the same opinion when the Fletcher administration raised the cig tax during his term? Once again, I bet not. How about when Fletcher in his tax reform package actually raised taxes on small businesses? It takes BOTH parties to raise taxes not just one.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Feb 5, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    Hey Bart...you have habits I am sure. You probably pick your nose or "adjust" yourself in public. Maybe you should be taxed more. Tobacco was always the"cash crop" of Ky. People have smoked for centuries. I agree it is bad for you. But just like overeating, gambling, drugs and alcohol, it is addictive. Don't start commenting "if I can quit anyone can" Everyone is different. I disagree with tobacco being taxed more. If they are going to single out smokers then they should tax alcohol, fast food, stinking loud(***) cologne and gas.That would almost cover all of us.Talk about picking on a minority...I think this falls in that category.Skyhawk you rock!!!!!!
  • by Non-smoker Location: Hazard on Feb 5, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    I say tax the cigarettes if it will help clear the air - literally. If you're going to tax them use the money to stop the air pollution caused by the foul smoke from cigarettes. Not only will it eliminate the odor, but also improve the health of the smoking and non. I for one am tired of having to go through cigarette smoke to enter a nonsmoking facility. Why even bath in the morning if you're going to reek before you even start your day? Tax away!
  • by Otto on Feb 5, 2008 at 04:56 AM
    Yep, another democrat tax.Good ol Va. is not too far away.I can buy anything I want there.I say don't buy anything in Kentucky, you can some where else.Why buy here, when all the tax'es collected are used agianist you.Wake up Post Office Democrats.
  • by skyhawk Location: Lexington on Feb 5, 2008 at 04:04 AM
    Posted by: Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine You Democrats and your extreme want to heighten Taxes no matter who it hurts. I hope you democrat voters are proud of yourselves Virgil, did you feel the same way when the cig taxes were raised during Fletcher's term? I bet not. As far as this issue, how about a tax on all the over weight people I see buying Big Macs on a daily basis. Over weight people are just as much a drain on the insurance companies as smokers. They suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol etc. just as smokers do. To tax just one segment of society is wrong. How about just raising the sales tax a couple more cents, or how about charging sales tax on Internet purchases. Making everyone responsible for our budget shortfalls is the right way. We all are the idiots that put these people in office to begin with so it's all our faults!
  • by David Location: paris on Feb 4, 2008 at 07:26 PM
    You guys wat I did 3 yrs ago...I was a smoker for 38 yrs...and now a non-smoer. I dont care how much they taxs them........I've never felt better in my life! Lov'in every min of it too!
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Feb 4, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    Put a dollar tax on the nasty things! Smokers end up being a burden on the system anyway. They should have to pay in more. Dragging their (edited) oxygen tanks around and drawing government checks because they can't work.
  • by Scott Location: lex on Feb 4, 2008 at 02:25 PM
    I smoke. and Im all about it. Kentucky continues to have the cheapest cigs in the country for the most part. get over it. and quit smoking. (edited).
  • by anonymous Location: Frankfort on Feb 4, 2008 at 01:27 PM
    why don't we spend the cigarette tax money on helping people to quit smoking? and not raise it to pay for all the other crony activity. it's ridiculous. why not tax the liquor or something that actually can kill people. it infuriates me as a smoker to think that more taxes on cigarettes will solve all the problems, but when I ask the doctor for help to quit smoking, they could care less. how about making prisoners pay room and board when incarcerated. would that deter some crime if they had to work to pay for being locked up? come on people, there are plenty of ways and things that can be cut back - mostly starting from the top!
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