Beshear Stands By 70 Cent Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says he's standing by
his proposal to boost the state's tax on cigarettes to $1 per pack,
despite opposition from Democratic House legislators.
Beshear says there would be more support among rank-and-file
House members if the Democratic leadership pushed the idea. Still, Beshear says he's willing to keep talking with lawmakers crafting a version of Kentucky's next two-year spending plan.
Kentucky's facing a $900 million revenue shortfall.
Beshear wants to close the gap by raising the cigarette tax by 70 cents per pack. A plan by House Democrats seeks to raise the tax by a quarter and raise taxes on certain services.

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

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2008 at 02:30 PM
    why put tax on cigs? why not work on getting drugs out of ky first..then maybe people can work again. now they cant work cause they cant pass a drug test.. what a sad time we live is going down hill fast. sick sick sick..and sad.
  • by Trish Location: beattyville on Mar 12, 2008 at 01:48 PM
    I to am a smoker, and it is insane what they are doing, my father was a farmer who raised tobacco, and had to quit that because of the issues in our state with tobacco buyers. Tobacco has always been Ky's cash crop, now put more taxes on it, and it will also hurt our farmers. One of the problems in Ky is Logging that is not taxed, the Horse racing is not taxed, and then you got state funded programs for people who don't work, but are as able as anyone to work, and we taxpayers just keep giving. You have people who work 6 months out of the year, then quit and draw checks from the state, just so they can file taxes and get 3 to 5 thousand dollars back on returns. Our state is this way because we have government officials who would rather tax people who work to survive, and let others sit back and do nothing and support them. TAX YOUR CIGARETTE SMOKERS, BUT LEAVE THE DRUNKS, AND PILL HEADS ALONE TO DRAW THEIR CHECKS. WAY TO GO GOVENOR THIS IS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST SMOKERS ONCE AGAIN!
  • by Lisa Location: south central KY on Mar 12, 2008 at 11:17 AM
    I look out my windows at empty tobacco barns,unused farm equipment, and empty fields. We still know how to grow our own in my neck of the woods :) Tax that.
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 12, 2008 at 05:37 AM
    I still say: Quit making smoking such a big deal & the teenagers won't think it's cool! I also agree with the police officer, why not tax something that kills like alochol! Wait, lawmakers will never to that because they all drink & drive drunk. They are not going to tax themselves, just the rest of us! If they tax services, then all they manage to do is put those services out of business which means more jobs lost! It's a shame that our lawmakers lack common sense! Is that what a college education does to people..destroys what sense they were born with? It's like if it doesn't come out of a book, then they cannot THINK for themselves! Perhaps some of us common citizens need to write a book for them to go by! I'm a smoker & I'll quit when I'm ready, not when the government tells me I have to! If all the smokers quit, then where's the money from this tax? It isn't there! DUH! Then what will they tax to make up for their stupid spending habits? I know, tax tickets to the ball games!
  • by John weston Location: lexington on Mar 11, 2008 at 08:25 PM
    I am 50 years old and I have ben smoking for 40 of them I started smoking when I was 10 and I have never spent a day in the hosptial and I have never misted a day at work because of it and I still smoke and I am still in good health I don't thak as much as an aspirin the store is lucky if they sell me one a year but I was crosing a street one day and hit by a durnk driver I did spend 3 weeks in the hosptal for the durnk driver so why don't we rase taxes on alcohol like beer up to $3 a can and give me some of that and pay me for the drunk driver that hit me I was hurt for the use of alcohol and I don't even drink but i do smoke and I have not been hurt because of it and have no health broblems because of it but i have been hurt because of drinking
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2008 at 08:02 PM
    well i hope he loses hurts either way u go with it. there would be money if they stop wasting it on junk . here they payed out 44 milion i think just on sending out reminders to let people no they are getting a rebate check..why not just send the check..theres 44 million wasted.. owell
  • by Cigarettes vs Drunks Location: Eastern Kentucky on Mar 11, 2008 at 07:58 PM
    How many teenagers have died from smoking a cigarette? How many teenagers have died from alcohol? Beshear knows he will need to sell all the alcohol he can "if" the casinos get in. Also, the so called "BIG SHOTS" have to have their afternoon drinks, party drinks and anytime drinks so he's not going to take any money out of their pockets for taxes. Where I live, there are much more important things that are killing teenagers than cigarettes to worry about. Don't blame teenagers for raising cigarette taxes. Which do you think teenagers are going to buy if they can get a pint of liquor cheaper than they can buy a pack of cigarettes?
  • by Ernie Location: lexington on Mar 11, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    I will not vote for hem the next time he runs for office he has allredy lided he sead that he would not rase taxes and now he is trying to rase them on us smokers just like we don't mount to any thing why don't he put more taxes on beer and win that would give more money for the state than on cigarette people consume more alcohol than cigarette and for the people that hut from drinking costes the taxes payers more than cigarette smoking
  • by joyce Location: ky on Mar 11, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    Ac you talk like everyone who smokes is on assistance but ill have you to know i pay taxes and work like a dog and pay for all and every thing i get i dont drink , do drugs and i dont smoke any thing other than cigaretts but ill tell you one thing im against taxing one group of people .put a 1 cent tax across the board and it will solve it all.makes me so sick this decrimation,and it is no matter what who says. a one termer i think.
  • by Sandy Location: Pikeville on Mar 11, 2008 at 05:27 PM
    I'm a smoker and I;ve tried to quit but it isn't as easy as that don't thinks. And I don't think its fair to tax cigarettes all the time, when there are other things they could do to raise the money instead of taxing us to death. A person works so they can have something in their life. But the government decides that they are going to take more of our money, so us poor people can't really afford what we need let alone some things to make ours lives more for us. I wish they would look at other things like people that is bothering people's health besides cigarettes, because alcohol affects the liver and other things that can cause health problems, but the only ones that pick on is us smokers, and I don't think it is fair.


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