UPDATE 01 APRIL
PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama tax pledge up in smoke
One of President Barack Obama’s campaign pledges on taxes went up in puffs of smoke Wednesday.
The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama’s promise not to raise taxes of any kind on families earning under $250,000 or individuals under $200,000.
This is one tax that disproportionately affects the poor, who are more likely to smoke than the rich.
The federal tax on a pack of cigarettes will increase by 61 cents on April 1, raising the tax to $1 per pack. The federal hike comes on the heels of a $1 increase in the state cigarette tax passed last year by the Legislature on Beacon Hill in a move designed to raise an additional $175 million in revenue to help fund health-care reform.
The average cost of a pack of cigarettes rose to $5. 41 after the dollar increase in the state but will now surpass $6, with some smokers paying more than $7 a pack in cities such as Boston. Read More
There are an estimated 47.2 million adults smokers in The United States! Let me ask you smokers, are you happy with paying more for a pack of cigarettes if the answer is no then you need to check out Tax Day Tea Party HQ
We need to stand up and fight for our rights!
(1) Cigarette Tax Increase In Georgia Is Criminal
HB 39 is being read and voted upon by the Georgia General Assembly. It is sponsored by Ron Stephens, Tony Sellier, Pat Gardner, Cecily Hill, Burke Day, and Mary Oliver.