Rather than solving the state’s budget crisis by cutting spending, politicians in Baton Rouge are once again considering raising taxes to pay for more government waste.
The latest scheme is a massive tax increase on tobacco. Don’t be misled, whether you smoke or not, this proposal is very bad news for Louisiana. House Bill 63, sponsored by Harold Ritchie (D-Bogalusa) will raise the state tax on a pack of cigarettes 194%! The bill also raises the tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco.
Many politicians believe that taxing tobacco products is somehow acceptable. But because of the far-reaching damage this will do to our economy, all of us, smokers and non-smokers, should oppose this tax.
What we can do:
Right now, this bill sits in the House Ways & Means Committee. The bill is opposed by Governor Jindal, but a number of state politicians are wobbling on their pledges to keep taxes low.
Americans for Prosperity has made it very simple to contact your legislators. Click HERE to send your message this tax hike is wrong for Louisiana.
This isn’t about smoking; it’s about limiting government and FORCING our representatives to focus on the real issue, which is SPENDING. The state budget has grown nearly 150% since 1988 and we can’t keep paying for this waste.
The state tax per pack will shoot up from 36 cents to $1.06. A tax increase this large will do significant damage to the state’s economy. With every purchase (which we know will not stop) more and more money will be pulled out of our state economy and into the government’s hands. This tax increase will reduce the money available for other consumer goods, which will lead to higher prices across the board. Worse still, this will drive business out of state and online. If you know a smoker, you know that they can tell you by heart where the cheapest prices are.
The usual liberal groups, including unions and “public health experts” are pushing this bill. It’s a perfect fit for today’s modern liberal socialism: it ramps up the nanny-state apparatus and it brings in millions of dollars in tax money.
A few polite phone calls or emails can do a tremendous amount of good. Politicians keep track of how much feedback they get on every issue.
Tobacco tax hike idea latest try to stop needed reform – Jeff Sadow, Between the Lines
Gov. Jindal’s Anti-Tax Discipline – Robin Edwards, Louisiana Tea Party Federation
Times-Picayune Letter to the Editor: Louisiana is Already Squeezing… – Kevin Kane, Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Tell Louisiana Politicians: NO More Tax Increases – Americans for Prosperity
Pelican Staters: Tell Your Legislators to Oppose Tax Hikes – Americans for Tax Reform
Say No To Higher Taxes – Louisiana GOP