Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Tobacco Tax Proposals

Politicians across the country have come up with more new tobacco tax proposals. That should be no surprise. President Obama proposes a 97 cent per pack tax on cigarettes to fund, of all things, pre- school. A California state senator wants a $2.00 per pack tax on cigarettes to fund unspecified health programs.

I've wrote here before it's typical Californian mindset to raise a tax that, by its proponent's own admission, is designed to reduce revenue from that tax over time. As more people quite smoking, or go elsewhere for tobacco products, revenue declines. Who will pay for those programs once tobacco revenues dry up? Remember, California already has the second lowest rate of smoking in the nation.

Reason magazine's J.D. Tuccille takes a look at the black market aspect of cigarette taxes.


At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I propose a tax on bloggers. 5 cents per blog post to discourage mindless blather.

And a Twitter tax, $1 per tweet, because we know all of it is mindless blather.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Send your idea to Chesbro. You never know.

I read in the news recently of some city council guy in the Bay Area that was proposing a tax on e-mails.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Info on the Berkeley councilgal's e-mail tax proposal:

At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

this is a tax that uses the victims to pay for the education of those who will inevitably choose to smoke or not in their own right. Of course, creating a public agency revenue stream for "program manifestations" seems to be prejudiced toward the victim class in order to benefit the "perceived future victim class" as a result of increased government power and expansionism.

Government can do everything, don't we all know that yet?

More bull.

As far as proposals, anonymouses pay penalty fees and other surcharges for being "anonymous" - 5 cents per blog bost for chicken chucklin' blather.


At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Duffle Coat said...

Government can do everything, don't we all know that yet?

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Travis said...

I believe it was said the power to tax is the power to enslave. whereas I'm not a smoker and dont appreciate breathing other people second hand smoke where does it end pretty soon you'll be taxed just to breathe if you add up all the little stupid taxes most Americans are paying over 60 percent tax already whens enough enough


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