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  • From Kool-Aid to Soda Pop – The Donkey’s Getting Thirsty

    02/20/2014 2:25:57 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 20, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Illinois Democrats have proposed a penny-per-ounce “sodapop tax” – a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Now, when you propose a number like “a penny,” it sounds small, and many people tend to dismiss it as inconsequential. But let's do the math. A 20 oz bottle of cola, lemon-lime, or root beer, sold alone at a gas station, might be $1.69 or so. Another twenty cents added on to that might seem unimportant, on its own, though it’s a brand new 12% tax on the purchase (and remember, there are still other taxes, like the state and local sales tax, in addition)....
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • Colorado voters approve big tax on recreational marijuana

    11/06/2013 1:27:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 6, 2013, 4:56 AM | (CBS/AP)
    A proposal to impose hefty taxes on recreational marijuana, whose use was okayed by Colorado voters in last year’s election, was an easy sell in the state Tuesday. About two-thirds of those casting ballots approved a 15 percent excise tax plus a 10 percent sales tax on pot sales that begin next year. The taxes are projected to bring in $70 million a year. The money will be used for school construction and regulating pot sales. … Also in Colorado, ten rural counties refused to approve secession from the state in an effort to form a 51st state called North...
  • Report: Tobacco tax hikes don’t pay

    08/05/2013 8:48:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/4/2013 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Cigarette taxes turn a frowned-upon habit into a popular revenue source. But a recent study found that cigarette taxes often lead to other tax hikes later. The National Taxpayers Union found a 70 percent chance that the so-called sin taxes will not produce the expected revenue, as people buy fewer packs. The taxpayer advocate organization reported that from 2007 to 2011, 25 of 37 cigarette tax increases were joined by other new tax hikes within two years.
  • A Tax on the “privilege” of selling soda in California—Creates NEW Category of PERJURY...

    04/11/2013 10:05:15 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 19 replies
    CApoliticalnews ^ | 04/10/2013 | Steven Franks
    Democrats believe that the selling of a Coke or Pepsi is a privilege granted by government. Only government can determine what is allowed to be sold. Worse, they consider the use of soda a problem of “Behavioral Health”—surely a government determination. And they want to make violation of this new law a CRIMINAL act. “This bill would, on and after July 1, 2013, impose a tax on every distributor, as defined, for the privilege of distributing in this state bottled sweetened beverages, at a rate of $0.01 per fluid ounce and for the privilege of distributing concentrate in this state,...
  • Candy, butts, soda, water: Gov's latest tax targets

    01/23/2013 12:43:09 PM PST · by massmike · 10 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 01/23/2013 | Chris Cassidy
    Candy, soda, tobacco, and bottles of water and sports drinks are all in Gov. Deval Patrick's crosshairs as he announced another $2 billion tax wish list in his $34.8 billion proposed fiscal 2014 budget at the State House this afternoon. Among the tax highlights: The cigarette excise tax would be hiked by $1 to $3.51 per pack. Taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco would also increase. The state would essentially expand the bottle bill to include water bottles and sports drinks on deposits. Candy and soda would no longer be exempt from the state sales tax. Patrick last week proposed...
  • States Are Smart to Cut Cigarette Taxes

    04/11/2011 7:10:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | April 11, 2011 | John Nothdurft
    After decades of increasing tobacco taxes at the federal, state, and local levels, some states are beginning to buck this fiscally burdensome and irresponsible trend. On March 17, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut the state’s cigarette tax by a dime, to $1.68 per pack. Two other states with high tobacco taxes—New Jersey and Rhode Island—are also considering proposals to reduce taxes on tobacco products to make their state’s tax rates more competitive. This reversal in policy would be fiscally responsible and especially beneficial to low-income people. Many economists have noted that many states’...
  • States eye 'sin' taxation as salvation for budgets

    01/16/2011 6:22:34 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/16/11 | David Eldridge
    It could cost a good deal more to be bad this year. Cash-strapped state lawmakers across the country are looking at raising "sin" taxes on everything from traditional vices, like smoking cigarettes and imbibing alcohol, to more recently vilified habits like drinking sugary sodas and hitting the tanning salon. - In Mississippi, state Rep. John Mayo, citing the state's place at the top of national obesity ratings, is sponsoring a bill that would add about 25 cents in new taxes to a can of soda. - In New York, state Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Brooklyn Democrat, wants a new "fat tax,"...
  • Beer Tax Rumor Bubbles Up in Olympia (what WON'T be taxed?)

    04/05/2010 1:35:50 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies · 406+ views
    publicola.net ^ | 4/5/2010 | Staff
    Jeff Gombosky, a lobbyist for Anheuser-Busch in Olympia, tells PubliCola he has heard a rumor that a beer tax was floated in Olympia on Friday as a revenue source to break the stalemate in Olympia. He has not seen anything official yet, however. Gombosky said generally Anheuser-Busch does not support singling out one item or industry for taxation (the House has already dropped its proposal for a $30 million gum and candy tax and a $96 million soda pop tax, which actually resurfaced today, has been MIA in both the House and Senate budgets all session). Gombosky says he especially...
  • No new taxes, even on the wages of sin

    02/22/2010 7:23:15 AM PST · by redreno · 2 replies · 197+ views
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL ^ | Feb. 22, 2010 | BENJAMIN SPILLMAN
    The great state of Nevada may be desperate for cash, but not so desperate that it will tax pot or prostitution to make ends meet. Proposals for new taxes on marijuana and prostitution are just two of the citizen-generated ideas lawmakers and Gov. Jim Gibbons have decided not to include on the agenda for an upcoming special session of the Legislature. That's despite a budget shortfall estimated at $887 million and assertions that "everything is on the table" when it comes to balancing the state budget without further cuts to education and services for the state's seniors and mentally ill....
  • (Wisconsin) Brewers Speak Out Against Proposed Beer Tax Increase

    10/13/2009 3:53:05 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies · 454+ views
    WBAY.COM ^ | 13 OCTOBER 2009 | WBAY.COM
    A proposal to increase the state beer tax drew support and criticism in Madison on Tuesday. Some think it will help crack down on drunken driving, while others aren't as sure. Advocates and opponents of the beer tax increase piled into the public hearing. After the bill's author, Representative Teresa Berceau (D-Madison) rattled off Wisconsin's notorious drinking statistics, she said the tax is affordable for the average drinker and would fund reform against drunken driving. "We're talking about drinking a six-pack a day, seven days a week to generate an additional dollar of taxes. If you're drinking more than that,...
  • 5 Myths We Need to Can About Soda Taxes - Why do politicians keep trying to tax your Coke?

    10/01/2009 5:16:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 76 replies · 1,641+ views
    Reason ^ | September 29, 2009 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    Like bears to honey or zombies to brains, politicians find something irresistible about soda taxes. President Obama recently told Men's Health magazine that he thinks a "sin tax" on soda is "an idea that we should be exploring." San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom moved to impose a fee on stores for selling sugary drinks, only to admit that his plan was probably illegal. In December, New York Gov. David Paterson proposed a 18 percent tax on full-sugar soda to help cover a budget shortfall. After a public outcry, he claimed he was just raising awareness about childhood obesity. But he...
  • Nanny Tax Rap

    06/30/2009 8:00:07 AM PDT · by missycocopuffs · 200+ views
    YouTube ^ | May 07, 2009 | Tax Foundation
    YouTube video: Nanny Tax Rap
  • Rise of the Soda Jerks - The case against sin taxes for soft drinks

    05/14/2009 9:22:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,169+ views
    Reason ^ | May 13, 2009 | David Harsanyi
    "And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the Pepsi drinker!" There has to be a statement about soft drinks tucked somewhere in Leviticus. I have assurances, after all, that such beverages are wicked. Sin taxes normally are levied on so-called vices, such as drinking, smoking, and gambling. Now Congress is "studying" a proposal to legislate morality by taxing sugary beverages—which is to say, it is "studying" whether such a tax would be politically feasible. According to the executive director of the Center for "Science" in...
  • 'Golden leaf' growers troubled by tobacco tax rise

    04/02/2009 3:47:57 PM PDT · by Drango · 160 replies · 2,395+ views
    ap ^ | 4/2/09 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For more than a century, the Sharp family of eastern North Carolina has grown tobacco, nicknamed the "golden leaf" for reasons that went beyond the cured plant's rich color. `snip "There's nothing else we're doing that comes even close to yielding the profits that tobacco yields." For generations, tobacco growers were a protected class, as lawmakers across the South defended the golden leaf as stridently as politicians from Michigan and New York do automakers and Wall Street. It remains a huge business: The tobacco crop in North Carolina alone, where farmers produce nearly half the value...
  • Smoke ‘em if you can afford ‘em ($10 per carton tax increase)

    03/13/2009 3:07:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies · 3,484+ views
    The Somerset Daily American ^ | March 12, 2009 | Rick Kazmer
    Tobacco connoisseurs can't catch a break. A new federal tax recently approved by President Obama has increased cigarette carton prices by more than $10 - about 75 cents a pack. The tax was passed in January as part of a multibillion dollar package to provide health care for children and certain legal immigrants. Local tobacco users and dealers admit the cause is admirable, but said the tax is unjust. “There is about zero common sense or logic in this whole tax,” said David Roth, owner of Tobacco Alley in Somerset. “It is a revenue stream that has been drying up...
  • STRIPPER TAX IS HARD TO 'BARE'

    03/11/2009 8:57:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies · 1,387+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 11, 2009
    ALBANY - Call it an un-cover charge. A Brooklyn assemblyman introduced a bill yesterday that would require patrons to pay the state $10 every time they visit a strip club or topless joint. Felix Ortiz, a Democrat, said the flesh fee could raise as much as $500 million for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and child prostitution.
  • Lakeview man gets 10 years for almost 7,500 pot plants

    12/16/2008 10:36:28 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 40 replies · 3,554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Tuesday December 16, 2008, 4:43 PM | by Lynne Terry
    A jury sentenced a Lakeview man to 10 years in prison for growing nearly 7,500 marijuana plants. Andrew Stever, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a three-day trial in the Federal District Court in Medford.Ten years is the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing 1,000 or more pot plants. In July 2007, officers from several local, state and federal agencies found 7,459 plants growing on Stever's Lakeview property, which bordered Forest Service land. Two men fled the scene, leaving behind personal property and three firearms, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Physical evidence and testimony linked...
  • SF Considers a Tax on Sugary Drinks

    12/17/2007 9:17:23 AM PST · by jdm · 77 replies · 117+ views
    KCBS ^ | Dec. 17, 2007 | Holly Quan
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- For years, the idea of taxing soda to beat back obesity has been tossed around in medical circles. But now, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is proposing a tax on beverages high in fructose corn syrup. Newsom says obesity accounts for tens of millions of dollars in city health care costs. He cites a recent San Francisco Health Department survey that found nearly a quarter of the city's 5th, 7th and 9th graders were overweight and that high sugar drinks make up a tenth of a kid's daily calorie count. Newsom reportedly wants all big box...
  • Drink tax causing hangover

    12/10/2007 5:30:23 PM PST · by Deaner59 · 18 replies · 356+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Monday, December 10, 2007 | Dan Majors
    Besieged by criticism of the new 10 percent tax on alcoholic drinks, Allegheny County Council members have seen the relationship between Democrats and Republicans take a decidedly acrimonious turn. Representatives of both parties have vowed to try to set aside political differences to undo the damage done by the tax debate and the accusations it generated. The tax, which goes into effect next month, was approved in a 10-4 vote Tuesday. Nine of the 10 votes in favor came from Democrats.
  • Strip clubs seek to block state's $5 surcharge

    12/06/2007 11:06:38 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 80 replies · 167+ views
    AUSTIN — A coalition of strip clubs has filed a lawsuit seeking to block a state law that would add a $5 surcharge for every strip club visitor. The new fee, which was approved this year by the Texas Legislature, is set to take effect on Jan. 1. It's expected to raise about $40 million to be dispersed for sexual assault prevention programs and health care for the uninsured. The Texas Entertainment Association and Karpod, Inc., the operator of an Amarillo club, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Travis County against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Comptroller Susan Combs. The...
  • Oregon to Vote on Children's Health Care (Cigarette Tax Defeated)

    11/06/2007 6:08:12 PM PST · by trumandogz · 27 replies · 75+ views
    AP ^ | 11/6/07 | JULIA SILVERMAN
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon residents weigh in Tuesday on whether to raise the state's cigarette tax to pay for an expansion of children's health care, their votes could resonate 3,000 miles away on Capitol Hill. Congress and the Bush administration have been wrangling over the same concept in their showdown over federal spending on the State Children's Health Insurance Program. "If Oregon votes in the affirmative for this, it will be a shot in the arm," said U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Portland. "It will be harder for some people to ignore what the public sentiment is. Maybe they...
  • Congressional Democrats Propose Cigarette Tax Hike to Pay for Children's Health Coverage

    09/30/2007 2:19:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 101 replies · 279+ views
    WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats have chosen an unlikely source to pay for the bulk of their proposed $35 billion increase in children's health coverage: people with relatively little money and education.The program expansion passed by the House and Senate last week would be financed with a 156 percent increase in the federal cigarette tax, taking it to $1 per pack from the current 39 cents. Low-income people smoke more heavily than do wealthier people in the United States, making cigarette taxes a regressive form of revenue. Democrats, who wrote the legislation and provided most of its votes, generally portray themselves...
  • Congress Wants to Smoke Out Taxpayers — Again

    09/22/2007 4:19:26 PM PDT · by SheLion · 104 replies · 129+ views
    Fox News.com ^ | Sept. 11, 2007 | J.D. Foster
    The excuse this time is to help pay for a huge expansion of the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Expanding the SCHIP program is unwise, not least as another step on the road to government-run health care. Raising taxes to pay for more spending generally is a case of the old adage that two wrongs don't make a right. But turning to a tobacco tax hike is discriminatory and thus especially unsavory.
  • Original Sins

    08/24/2007 1:32:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 308+ views
    Forbes ^ | 8/24/2007 | Janet Novack
    Politicians have long imposed sin taxes on tobacco, alcohol and gambling. Now, in their never-ending quest for revenue, they are redefining what constitutes a sin. The sinners are not taking this lying down. Virginia officials are facing a popular revolt and lawsuits challenging steep fees they imposed this year on residents convicted of traffic crimes. Here are some newly taxed vices. "Abusive" Driving, VirginiaSurcharges of $750 to $3,000 on excessive speeding and other driving offenses. Raises $65 million a year for road maintenance. Going to a Strip Joint , TexasAdmission tax of $5 at joints with nude or seminude entertainers...
  • Taxes trigger big drop in U.S. smoking: report

    08/10/2007 5:23:48 PM PDT · by Wheee The People · 97 replies · 1,579+ views
    reuters ^ | Aug 10, 2007 | reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Higher state taxes on smoking are producing sharp declines in tobacco consumption in the United States, just as Congress considers a huge federal cigarette tax hike, USA Today reported in its Friday editions. The newspaper, conducting its own analysis of taxation and consumption figures, said the degree of decline in smoking appears to be tied directly to the size of the tax increase. For example, cigarette sales fell 18 percent in North Carolina last year after the state tax was raised in two steps to 35 cents from a 5 cents, the newspaper said. In Connecticut, per...
  • Most binge drinkers pick beer over liquor: study

    08/07/2007 2:14:51 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 91 replies · 1,463+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/07/2007 | Stephanie Bagley
    NEW YORK, Aug 7 - Most binge drinkers will reach for beer rather than wine or liquor when they set out to get drunk, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined the drinking habits of 14,000 adult binge drinkers across 18 U.S. states. What they found is that 67 percent of these drinkers drank only or mainly beer in their most recent binge, with easy access to beer seen as a major reason. The researchers defined a binge drinker as someone drinking more than five drinks at one sitting. "Beer...
  • The Gas Tax Trial Balloon

    10/26/2006 5:05:18 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 11 replies · 559+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10/26/06 | Alan Reynolds
    The newspapers are suddenly full of hypothetical plans to sextuple the federal gasoline tax, with well-timed insinuations that this might be a post-election Republican ploy. On Oct. 8, The New York Times ran a story called, "Raise the Gas Tax? Funny, It Doesn't Sound Republican," citing half a dozen Republican economists and a token Democrat. On Oct. 20, The Wall Street Journal ran "Raise the Gas Tax" by former Bush adviser Greg Mankiw. As taxes go, a tax on motor fuels (including ethanol) is not one of the worst. Mankiw thus argues that, "An increased reliance on gas taxes over...
  • Nutritionist: Tax Sugary Drinks To Fight Obesity

    09/04/2006 5:09:30 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 82 replies · 1,177+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | September 4, 2006 | AP
    Nutritionist: Tax Sugary Drinks To Fight Obesity Drinks Should Be Taxed Like Cigarettes, Alcohol, Popkin SaysPOSTED: 7:46 am EDT September 4, 2006 SYDNEY, Australia -- A leading nutritionist said we're "drinking ourselves into obesity" and sugary drinks should be taxed like cigarettes and alcohol. The University of North Carolina's Barry Popkin said Americans are gulping down more sodas, fruit juices and sugar-laden energy drinks than ever before. But he added, people aren't cutting their food intake to compensate for the extra calories. Popkin thinks one way to slow that trend is to put a high tax on the high-calorie sweeteners...
  • Smokers may get burned in cigarette-tax collection

    07/19/2006 10:34:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 54 replies · 1,153+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/19/6 | Andrew McIntosh
    Records from online vendors will help the state target buyers who didn't pay levy. California consumers and retailers who thought they had dodged sales and excise taxes when they bought cigarettes from out-of-state Internet and mail-order vendors are about to get smoked out. As part of a sweeping effort to crack down on such purchases, the state Board of Equalization has obtained 450,000 invoices from out-of-state Internet tobacco sellers showing untaxed sales to California residents over the past three years. It also has secured another 65,000 shipping records showing deliveries of 250,000 packages of untaxed cigarettes to Golden State residents...
  • Smokers, drinkers say governor's plan is a sin

    02/10/2005 5:33:12 AM PST · by kahoutek · 123 replies · 1,692+ views
    THE NEWS-TIMES ^ | 2005-02-10 | Heather Barr
    DANBURY — Behind the counter at the Mill Plain Package store Wednesday afternoon, Ilda Palinka was disturbed to hear Gov. M. Jodi Rell wants the state to pass the largest cigarette tax increase in its history. "You've got to be kidding me," said Palinka, 43, of Danbury. "The state keeps taxing us to death. How many times have they done it already?" On Wednesday, Rell proposed raising the state's $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax by 74 cents. She also proposed increasing the tax on other tobacco products from 20 percent to 90 percent of the wholesale price and adding 15 percent to...
  • One budget hole filled, another springs a leak

    06/16/2004 5:59:30 AM PDT · by wmichgrad · 35 replies · 222+ views
    MLive.com ^ | June 16, 2004 | Peter Luke
    LANSING -- Michigan's schools have been saved from a scheduled $54 million cut, but health care providers are next up on the state budget chopping block. Gov. Jennifer Granholm Tuesday ordered state Medicaid administrators to begin preparing 22 percent cuts in reimbursement rates for care provided to the state's poor, elderly and disabled in the last two months of the 2004 fiscal year. The cuts, effective Aug. 1, would apply to payments made to physicians, nursing homes and hospitals. Granholm said the cuts are unavoidable unless lawmakers quickly approve her proposed tax hike on cigarettes to $2 per pack, as...
  • Doctors Ask for Cigarette Tax Hike

    03/24/2004 8:42:17 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 128+ views
    Doctors Ask for Cigarette Tax Hike Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 3:00:13 AM By KCRG-TV9 News Reporter Mike Wagner – TV9 Iowa City Newsroom A new state cancer report shows promise for people who practice prevention and early detection. The report reveals more than 15,000 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in Iowa this year, and 6,500 people will die from cancer. Doctors say although they're finding more cancer cases, early detection is helping people survive the disease. Holden Cancer Center Dr. George Weiner told TV9, "There are still people who hesitate to get these tests done. There are people...
  • [Michigan's GOP] Speaker supports higher cigarette tax than [its liberal Democrat] governor

    03/18/2004 6:21:13 AM PST · by ClintonBeGone · 56 replies · 420+ views
    MILIVE ^ | 3/17/2004 | AMY F. BAILEY
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State House Speaker Rick Johnson said Wednesday he supports increasing the state cigarette tax by 81 cents instead of the 75 cents proposed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The Democratic governor proposed raising the tax on cigarettes from $1.25 to $2 per pack to help make up for lost federal dollars and encourage people to stop smoking. Granholm's proposal would make Michigan's cigarette tax the nation's second-highest behind New Jersey's $2.05-per-pack tax. Johnson, a Republican from LeRoy, said Michigan should have the highest tax on cigarettes in the country. "Number 1!" he shouted from his desk toward...
  • Granholm's Solution: Raise Cigarette Taxes

    02/10/2004 4:34:57 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 62 replies · 505+ views
    Detroit Free Press ^ | February 10, 2004 | Chris Christoff
    <p>LANSING -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm will call for a 75-cent per pack increase in the state's cigarette tax in her budget plan Thursday to help avert a $1.3-billion deficit in the next fiscal year.</p> <p>Because they are taxed, it is illegal to buy cigarettes in other states and bring them back to Michigan, including those purchased on the Internet. Since 1998, Michigan has required a state stamp on all cigarette packs.</p>
  • Tax smokers -- and 5 million will quit, health chiefs say (Barf Alert)

    02/04/2004 3:27:10 PM PST · by SheLion · 89 replies · 446+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Feb. 04, 2004 | HOPE YEN
    Four former U.S. surgeons general offer a plan to reduce smoking that includes a $2-per-pack tax. WASHINGTON - Four former surgeons general on Tuesday unveiled a plan to reduce smoking that included a $2-per-pack tax they predicted would prompt at least five million smokers to quit. They also called for a nationwide counseling and support line for smokers trying to quit, an idea that immediately was put into practice by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. Thompson said more than $25 million would be dedicated for the toll-free, national ''quitline'' that will be established by year's end. States also...
  • Get Ready for the Twinkie Tax (Not from Onion!)

    02/03/2004 7:39:02 PM PST · by yankeedame · 42 replies · 309+ views
    Forbes Magazine | 02-16-04 issue | Mark Tatge
    OutFront Get Ready For the Twinkie Tax Mark Tatge, 02.16.04 Apparently unsatiated by their huge claims on booze and cigarettes, the tax police are planning a major snack attack. Potato chips, cookies, sodas, candy--a $30 billion-a-year business--are being targeted by more than a dozen revenue-starved states under the misguided impression that by charging a few extra cents per can or bag they can trim their budget deficits and encourage the rest of us to slim down. Fat chance. Among the assaults: NEW YORK plans a new sales tax (one-quarter of 1%) on sweets and snacks, on top of a bill...
  • Connecticut Governor John Rowland proposing tax increases on tobacco, alcohol

    02/04/2004 4:17:14 AM PST · by ClintonBeGone · 19 replies · 385+ views
    Newsday ^ | 2/3/2004 | AP
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. John G. Rowland is proposing higher taxes on cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, beer and wine to help cut a budget deficit, state officials said. Rowland is scheduled to announce details of his new budget proposal Wednesday during his State of the State address to the legislature. The governor is also recommending that the 6 percent sales tax on newspapers continue after the July 1 expiration date, and may also ask lawmakers to retain an increase in one of the state's two inheritance taxes. The tax increases are needed to prevent further cuts in the state budget,...
  • California: Jerry Brown proposes taxes on junk food, alcohol

    12/22/2003 11:24:47 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 53 replies · 1,722+ views
    Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown has suggested one way the state could generate more revenue and solve its budget woes is to levy taxes on unhealthy behaviors such as drinking and eating junk food. In an interview Thursday, Brown said “there are a number of activities” that could be taxed and suggested a tax on people who eat salty and sugary foods as well as “a tippler tax on those who drink at the bar.” His spokeswoman, T.T. Nhu, said Friday that Brown thinks “it would be beneficial to have a junk food tax” and he’s been influenced by policies in...
  • Paying the way with property Cash-strapped cities eye more taxes, fees on real estate

    11/01/2003 7:39:47 AM PST · by SheLion · 54 replies · 349+ views
    CBS Market Watch ^ | 10-31-03 | Steve Kerch
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS.MW) -- Budget crunches at all levels of government are likely to come home to  roost on real estate owners and homebuyers as municipalities are forced to raise property taxes and  boost fees on home construction, experts argue.  "We are so pressed at state and local levels for money ... that it is going to   be tougher for cities and counties and other local units of government to meet budgets," said Maureen McAvey, a   senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, a Washington land-use education and research organization.   In high-growth areas, the squeeze will...
  • Realtor, Bars, And Breweries Targeted To Balance Budget (NJ)

    06/12/2003 1:25:36 PM PDT · by rmmcdaniell · 8 replies · 317+ views
    Politicsnj.com ^ | 6-12-03 | Kevin McArdle
    <p>Last year, big businesses were targeted with the largest tax increase since Jim Florio was Governor. This year, smaller businesses are being targeted to help plug a huge budget gap.</p> <p>Millennium Radio has obtained a copy of a Democratic sponsored Senate bill that seeks to raise fees on dog kennels, pet shops, micro breweries, and small wineries. The real estate industry is hit particularly hard, with fees doubled in 21-categories. Residential real estate analyst Ellen Souter says the fees will hurt realty companies across New Jersey. "It sickens me that no-one sat down to study this issue, and simply decided this is how were going to do it (balance the budget)," Souter said.</p>
  • Free Republic Smokers' Lounge

    07/12/2002 9:02:09 AM PDT · by Just another Joe · 356 replies · 308+ views
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  • Smoking Taxes On the Rise

    04/19/2002 10:15:40 AM PDT · by CutMyTaxes · 18 replies · 646+ views
    cse.org ^ | April 18, 2002 | Jason Thomas
    States are struggling with budget deficits as the economy slows. Greedy governments are raising taxes by going after smokers, hitting low income Americans hardest. Full story is here
  • 'Sin taxes' just another money grab

    04/17/2002 10:50:25 AM PDT · by Gophack · 10 replies · 194+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News (NOT the L.A. Times) ^ | April 14, 2002 | Chris Weinkopf
    Imagine if some Republican legislators decided to use the state tax code to wage war on the vices they find most dangerous and distasteful. They could start with a $10 surcharge on body piercing -- an effective way to scale back the nasty practice while also raising money for reconstructive surgery for the indigent. Next, they could impose a 50-cent surcharge every time someone rents a pornographic video. The levy might wreak havoc on the San Fernando Valley's economy, but it could also fund treatment for venereal diseases. In the interest of fairness, the taxing crusaders would also have to...
  • Definition of 'Sin' Expanding for Tax Base

    03/30/2002 7:39:36 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 421+ views
    FOX ^ | 3/29/02 | Heather Nauert and Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    <p>Put down your knitting needle, granny, because Connecticut lawmakers are considering taxing your sweet tooth.</p> <p>It started with a 61-cent-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes to help plug the $650 million budget hole this year. But in the last month, lawmakers have called for raising the levies on alcohol, junk food, health club memberships, vegetable seeds, yarn, and even candy sold in nursing homes, hospitals, and schools.</p>