WOW…..this woman really believe that there is a need for a $1 increase on a pack of cigarettes? A 588% increase? Even her proposal of a $.12 increase is a 70% Bump. Again I say…WOW.
By comparison, Missouri GAS tax is also only $.17 and that funds the roads in the State.
What is really scary is that Ms. Still is going to create a stir with the noise on HB342, that no one will notice as they quietly pass HB 343 behind the scenes. Then if HB 342 passes….its all gravy (which leads to obesity…we should tax it).
Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, today filed two bills aiming to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax.
Missouri’s cigarette tax of 17 cents per pack is the lowest in the nation,
“While a majority of states have acted aggressively in recent years to increase cigarette taxes and reduce the number of their residents who smoke, Missouri has chosen to do nothing,” Still said in a news release. “Missouri has won the race to the bottom simply by standing still. It is well past time for the state to move forward on this issue.”
One proposal, House Bill 342, would increase the tax to $1.17 a pack, Still said. An increase of that size would require voter approval. The other, House Bill 343, would add 12 cents to the tax and would not have to be submitted to voters, she said.