Skip to comments.Tobacco $ up in smoke [NATCH!]
Posted on 09/20/2011 10:32:06 AM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
Albany -- New York state collected $10 billion in tobacco taxes over the last six years -- but spent just 4 percent of that on efforts to stop smoking, the American Cancer Society charged in a report released yesterday.
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Were they supposed to? I thought this was a revenue raiser, nothing more. Weren’t the states supposed to use the lawsuit money for anti-smoking?
of course! if everybody stopped smoking, they’d have to raise taxes 10 mil...
What kind of smoke?...........
But when taxes went wild, the indians and non indians alike became victims of the state. The cigarette tax became nothing more than legal prohibition....this time...cigarettes.
Cigarettes, alcohol....both women's issues.
Of course, killing babies in the womb is just fine!!!
The idiots in Albany will probably respond by just increasing the tax.
Who says tax revenues from tobacco are supposed to be spent on stop-smoking propaganda?
The tobacco tax is nothing more than a government money grab
Hahaahahaa ... no, that kind of smoke they're OK with
So now people are astonished that the politicians would steal this money and spend it in other uses? Well, like, duhhh. How could anyone with half a brain not see this one coming?
Yet another broken treaty ...
"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other"
Ronald Reagan - 1961
Ten million dollars of the Tobacco Settlement went to the Mississippi NAACP as directed by the AG, Mike Moore. Why? Had nothing to do with education or the “aims” of the settlement. The Mississippi NAACP uses the money to do as they see fit, which means they wine and dine every well. This is Ten million dollars a YEAR.
They used the rest of the money for enforcement actions and lawsuits against Indian tribes who were selling untaxed cigarettes. See how they close the loop on that?
Potential Nanny State ping here.
These were not regular tax revenues, but the proceeds from the Master Settlement Agreement that came out of the lawsuit that started with the Mississippi AG and spread to many other states. $625 Billion dollars over 25 years IIRC. Much of this money was pledged to fund anti-smoking efforts. These pledges were made to a Federal Judge as part of the suit.
Someone tell the American Cancer Soceity to move along and find a legitimate source of funding. The government is not going to turn tax receipts over to the ACS. They steal and they lie. The ACS supported Obamacare, too. I would not give them a dime. Let them learn what their socialist pals are like.