Skip to comments.Tobacco tax hike potentially headed to June ballot in California [Brown Wants Some Green.]
Posted on 03/03/2011 9:36:14 AM PST by 92nina
California is one of the most heavily taxed jurisdictions in the world. If that werent bad enough, for the next few months Golden State residents will have to deal with an annoying little man in tights pedaling around the state to stump for even higher taxes.
Lance Armstrong, who recently retired from professional cycling to lobby full time for higher taxes, was in Los Angeles earlier this week for a press event with California state Senator Don Perata to announce the launch of a campaign to raise the state tobacco tax.
A measure that would raise the cigarette excise tax by 114% has already qualified for the next statewide ballot, which is currently scheduled for February of next year but would be as soon as this summer if Gov. Brown is successful in referring an extension of the 2009 tax increases on income, sales, and cars to a June special election ballot.
Gov. Brown continues to make the rounds in Sacramento this week in attempt to peel off the requisite four GOP votes he needs two from each chamber to put his tax hikes on the ballot. Brown has had private meetings with Republican legislators in recent days, though what he is offering in exchange for their votes remains unclear...
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Its a great way of cutting revenue. Jenny Granholm called the revenue decline “breathtaking”
Jack up the tobacco tax and watch the revenue dry up.
These people haven’t had a new idea since Hector was a pup.
How about an ILLEGAL DRUG, TAX?
He could probably balance his budget in a few weeks.
Or how about an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT tax directed towards ILLEGALS? Again, he could clean up. They don’t seem to want to do anything about ILLEGAL immigrants so why not TAX THEM?
Let’s see. We are going to tax a product that is at times inhaled into the lungs because it is harmful to the user’s health but we are going to legalize ANOTHER product that is ALWAYS inhaled deeply into the lungs because it doesn’t hurt anyone. This state is run by some of the most stupid, stupid people.
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