Thursday, January 8, 2009

Clear the air: Mississippi on way to cigarette hike

Clarion Ledger:

House Bill 364 cleared a key committee today.......The bill would increase the state’s 18-cent tobacco tax to $1 per pack. It would generate more than $200 million dollars for the state’s general fund, lawmakers said.

Governor Haley Barbour had previously opposed the hike, before agreeing to it. But it's not like he's become tax happy. Mississippi hadn't raised the tax since 1985 (!).

Since we're on topic...