- Cigarette taxes hit those least able to afford it with the harshest possible tax penalties.
- Targeting a punitive tax increase on one segment of society to pay for the tremendous growth of state government is unfair, particularly where the tax will hit minority low-income citizens the hardest .
- Taxes do not belong in the Constitution no matter how meaningful the programs are that will benefit from them or how out of favor the product being taxed may be.
- The higher tax will hurt small businesses because cigarette sales will decline.
- Today it is cigarettes that are out of favor. With our obesity rate climbing, tomorrow it could be McDonalds. Where does it stop?
- Boosting the cigarette tax will result in more contraband trafficking and residents seeking cheaper alternatives online or across the state border.
- Higher taxes do not always translate into higher revenues. Besides, state finances are not suffering because of a revenue problem - they are suffering because of a spending problem.
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