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State Cigarette Tax Hikes Totally Earning Cash; For Other States.
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State Cigarette Tax Hikes Totally Earning Cash; For Other States.

Years ago, Illinois decided that smoking was bad for its citizens and put a cigarette tax into place thinking they'd do two things: one, break the people who live there of a nasty filthy habit that was shortening their lives and keeping the Democratic politicians who cared about their fragile health up at night, and two, raise a little cash for a state that is so far in debt California won't be seen in public with it anymore. 

03/22/2013
Taxing in a Recession?
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Taxing in a Recession?

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell proposed new tax increases to shrink the upcoming 1.7 billion dollar budget deficit. Governor Rendell has already resorted to Orwellian tactics. In an effort to collect from people who owe back-taxes, the Governor proposed an amnesty program which reduces the penalties and half the interest will be waived before the June 18th deadline. The State spent three million dollars in advertisements for this program, and the video is ‘Big-Brother-esque’ warning citizens “We know who you are.”

06/14/2010
Help Stop New Tax Hikes in California
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Help Stop New Tax Hikes in California

Just over a month ago, Californians went to the polls and delivered a resounding “No tax hikes” to their state leaders.  Legislators have had four weeks to come up with a better plan that will work for the state and guess what their solution is?More tax hikes!  Take Action and tell your lawmakers more tax hikes are unacceptable.That’s right, more tax hikes.  Except that these are different tax hikes they think the public won’t see through, regardless of the fact that it’s always the same folks who end up footing the bill.  Tax proposals now on the table include $2.2 billion in various taxes on business, a 9.9 percent tax on oil extraction, and a massive $1.50/pack cigarette tax hike.California legislators must think the taxpayers are pretty gullible to swallow this new plan.  Taxing business, just when many are fleeing the high taxes of the state, when others are bleeding jobs and struggling in the current economy is a terrible idea. Taxing oil extraction falls in the same category.  It isn’t some faceless corporation that drills for energy – it’s people who could use those jobs.  And it isn’t just some entity in the sky that absorbs those high taxes – it’s people who will have to pay at the pump.Cigarette tax hikes are a selfish cash grab that tries to put the economic woes of a state on a small, often-targeted minority.  They also hurt small businesses as people go across statelines, or to the black market and internet for cheaper cigarettes.No one would deny that California is in a bind.  But this is a problem that can’t be taxed away.  When these tax sources dry up, and if history is any guide they certainly will, legislators will simply tax something else.  Legislators were elected to do a job and that means making tough decisions, not just creating more taxes for the group that drew the short straw that day.  Spending has far outpaced growth in the state.  In good years, California’s government spent as if the revenue would never end rather than keeping spending in line with priorities. Take Action and urge your legislators not to seek quick fixes that will only push the problem down the road a short ways, but to stop playing favorites with programs and benefits and do the real cutting that needs that be done.  During hard times, every family has to cut back.  There’s no reason why governments shouldn’t do the same.

06/23/2009
Cigarettes: The San Francisco Tax
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Cigarettes: The San Francisco Tax

A few months ago, on the way to the office, I witnessed a typically DC self-defeating scene.  A man riding on a mini-street sweeper finished the block, stopped to empty the trash in the back, and tossed his cigarette on the ground on his way back to the sweeper.  I was a bit galled - and it speaks to larger problems inherent in the system - but it never occurred to me to tax the cigarettes.  I was leaning more toward "why not take one more step and throw it in the trash" or "care about your job."

06/22/2009
Another Tax Hike for Wisconsin?
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Another Tax Hike for Wisconsin?

From the “no surprises there” file comes State Representative Terese Berceau’s plan to raise Wisconsin’s beer tax.  News like this just goes to show that once you start down the slippery slope of taxes and fees instead of pro-growth policies, there’s no stopping.  Take Action and tell your leaders you oppose this tax hike scheme.FreedomWorks members from the Dairy State know that we’ve been actively opposing a cigarette tax hike and other fees that have been on the legislative table.  In an email last month, FreedomWorks explained how that cigarette tax, which would make just the state taxes alone more than $2.52 per pack, wouldn’t begin to fill the budget holes.  And that in fact, if high taxes were the path to prosperity then Wisconsin should be doing great!It’s clear that some in Madison haven’t gotten the message and are now piling on even more tax hikes. The latest plan is a beer tax that would raise the cost of a six-pack by 50 cents.  That might not seem like a lot from a big desk in the capitol, but these days every penny counts.  The beer tax is a perfect example of why FreedomWorks fights to oppose all tax hikes, even ones that you might think won’t affect you.  That’s because without cutting spending and adjusting the state’s bottom line the money will never be enough. First, people will go across state lines, to the black market, the internet, and Indian Reservations to avoid the hefty tax.  Second, others will simply go without -  just because Wisconsin can’t stick to a budget doesn’t mean families don’t have to.  And soon small businesses, the glue of our economy, as well as those working in the hospitality industry like servers and bartenders, will begin to feel the pain the most as business dwindles.  Then before long, when the money doesn’t come rolling in, elected officials will start nosing around for the next thing to tax.It’s clear that tax hikes are something we should all oppose and we all need to vigilantly watch out for.  You may not smoke.  You may not drink beer.  Still, one way or another, everyone will have to pay for the tax and spend decisions that are made at the state capital.  Let’s try to stop these tax hikes once and for all. Please take action and tell your lawmakers you oppose this plan.  Wisconsin needs to stop spending and roll back the regulations that stand in the way of real growth.

05/20/2009
Help Stop Tax Hike in Nassau County
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Help Stop Tax Hike in Nassau County

County Executive Thomas Suozzi is planning to impose a new tax on cigarettes and a surcharge on traffic tickets in an effort to get some quick cash to fill Nassau County’s gaping budget deficit.  Like many other counties and municipalities across the country, Nassau is facing some tough times.  But you aren’t alone and raising taxes isn’t the answer.  Whether you smoke or not, you should be concerned about Mr. Suozzi’s tax and spend plan.Please call Mr. Suozzi at 516-571-3131 and tell him you oppose this regressive tax. It might be easy for politicians to think they can go after an unpopular minority of taxpayers to bring in more tax funds – but at the end of the day, those funds simply won’t be there.  Smokers will go across county lines to make their purchase, which hurt small businesses.  And statistically speaking, smokers tend to be amongst the poorest in a community.  Nassau County can’t ask this small group to shell out more and bear the financial burdens for everyone else.  Instead of pursuing plans that take more money out of Nassau residents’ pockets and burden businesses, Mr. Suozzi should cut waste and roll back regulations making Nassau a great place to do business and live.At the end of the day, when the money Mr. Suozzi was counting on isn’t there, he’s going to try to raise other taxes.  These nanny-state ideas always lead to bigger, badder taxes that will hurt Nassua County.  We need to nip this one in the bud and hold the line now.  Please call Mr. Suozzi at 516-571-3131 and tell him Nassau doesn’t need this new tax.If families and businesses have to stick to a budget and make tough decisions, Nassau County should do the same.  Join the Taxpayer Tea Party Movement: If you haven’t signed up yet – please go to IamWithRick.com and sign up for a tea party near you. Thousands of people have been turning out for taxpayer tea parties around the country to protest the Obama agenda of high taxes and bailouts.  If you would like to host a taxpayer tea party protest your your area, please email us for details. Come out on tax day and join others to show you oppose these big government plans.Your support of FreedomWorks is appreciated and supports our efforts for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom around the country.

03/13/2009
Help Us Fight Taxes and Spending in Florida
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Help Us Fight Taxes and Spending in Florida

I just wanted to take a minute and update you on our efforts to fight taxes and spending in Florida. Many of you will be excited to learn that we are planning Taxpayer Tea Parties in multiple cities across Florida! This is because of the overwhelming interest in joining our effort to fight wasteful government spending and the massive bailouts. You can rsvp for these events by visiting IamWithRick.com and signing up to attend the tea party closest to you. As CNBC's Rick Santelli pointed out, it's time for the American people to defend free markets and take to the streets in protest!SIGN UP NOW for the protest closest to you! We will send you updates on the events as we get them.Also, if you care about wasteful spending and higher taxes, you might want to take a minute to send the politicians in Tallahassee a message. Some legislators are proposing an increase in the cigarette tax, saying that they need more money to spend. This is ridiculous! The state government should not be spending more, but less.And it certainly should not be raising taxes on anyone during a recession. Sure, the nanny-staters want to control people's lives and punish smokers, but do they know that smokers tend to be poorer than non-smokers? Plus, increasing taxes on cigarettes will harm small businessses that sell them, which will only lead to more economic suffering.Please TAKE ACTION and tell the politicians in Tallahassee that enough is enough! It's time that they make real spending cuts and reduce the size of the state government.Thank you for your dedication to lower taxes, less government and more freedom. We will be sure to keep you updated on ways to help us defend liberty in Florida.

03/06/2009