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NYC's ridiculously high cigarette tax can't be ignored after Eric Garner's death

On Wednesday evening, a grand jury announced that it would not indict a New York City police officer who, in July, killed Eric Garner, a 43-year-old Staten Island resident with a history of serious health problems and father of six children. Gut-wrenching video of the incident found its way online, sparking outrage due to the tactics used by police.

12/04/2014
Stop Big Government in West Virginia
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Stop Big Government in West Virginia

West Virginia is facing two threats from big government at the state and federal levels: new greenhouse gas regulations from the EPA and a new cigarette tax hike from Charleston. Both are bad fiscal policy. Both would raise costs and harm businesses. Both need to be stopped.

02/25/2011
Think Tank Studies in Real Life
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Think Tank Studies in Real Life

It's not everyday that we get to see the hard work of free market researchers and analysts demonstrated so vividly.  That's why this post is so special.  Because, on the very same day that the Mackinac Center for Public Policy published this paper on the striking relationship between smuggling and cigarette taxes, we have this story about a man caught trafficking 193 untaxed cartons of cigarettes.

12/17/2010
Help Stop Tax Hikes in Washington State!
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Help Stop Tax Hikes in Washington State!

It’s not February 2nd yet, but you wouldn’t be alone if you thought this was a scene straight from the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day.” That’s because, once again, legislators in Olympia are proposing a rash of tax hikes to fill the growing budget gap. Despite the fact that tax hikes of the past haven’t fixed the problem, politicians seem to see no reason why more money shouldn’t be tossed at the holes in the state finances.

01/29/2010
Help Stop Tax Hikes in Kansas
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Help Stop Tax Hikes in Kansas

Barely a year ago, some legislators in Kansas tried to push through a whopping $0.75 per pack cigarette tax hike. Luckily, it didn’t pass. Even though Kansas already has some of the highest cigarette taxes in the region, the idea hasn’t gone away and Governor Parkinson is already eyeing a tax hike as he prepares his 2011 budget. That means he’s looking for funds to grow government; something Kansans can’t afford.

12/22/2009
Cigarette Black Market Growing
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Cigarette Black Market Growing

FreedomWorks has organized against dozens of cigarette taxes in the past year.

07/22/2009
500 Rally in Raleigh Against Tax Hikes
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500 Rally in Raleigh Against Tax Hikes

Over 500 people from all over North Carolina gathered on June 16 to protest the tax hikes being proposed in the state legislature.  So far the list includes a cigarette tax hike and a tax on web-advertising.  The group braved the rain to tell the legislators not to raise taxes.Check out all the great pictures below: 

06/18/2009
No New Taxes for Louisiana
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No New Taxes for Louisiana

During a recession, the last thing government should do is raise taxes on the middle class and poor. But that is exactly what some Louisiana legislators are trying to do. They have crafted a 50 cent per pack tax hike on smokers that they say will raise more money for the state. But instead of raising taxes, legislators in Baton Rouge should find ways to cut wasteful government spending.Regardless of whether you smoke or not, all of us can agree that increasing taxes on the middle class and making it tougher for small businesses during a recession is bad public policy. Plus, the revenue that the government wants to collect won’t be there anyway, as recent studies have shown.Take a minute and SEND A MESSAGE to the legislature, telling them to stand on the principles of lower taxes, less government and more freedom by opposing the tobacco tax.

05/15/2009
Help Stop New Tax Hikes in Wisconsin
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Help Stop New Tax Hikes in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Governor Doyle is planning to push through another set of new tax hikes and fees.  These come on top of the tax hikes passed in February.  These are supposed to be aimed at closing Wisconsin’s massive budget gap.  But Wisconsin’s high property taxes, gasoline tax, and others make the state’s tax burden among the highest in the nation!  If high taxes are supposed to be able to keep government flush with cash then where’d this deficit come from and why should you pay for it?It’s clear that Wisconsin has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.    Please Take Action and urge your elected officials to stay out of your wallet and cut spending.These new taxes and fees cover just about everything that wasn’t already on the tax hike list in February.  Here are a couple of the taxes on the table:

04/24/2009
Help Stop Tax Hikes in Hawaii
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Help Stop Tax Hikes in Hawaii

Two bills aimed at dramatically hiking taxes on tobacco products are swiftly making their way through Hawaii’s legislature and Governor Lingle says she’ll sign the tax hikes!  Your elected officials need to hear from you right away to stop these proposals in their tracks.Take Action!H.B. 1175 would raise the cigarette tax by 40 cents/pack by July with even more scheduled increases still on the table.  That means by 2011, the state tax would be $3/pack.  Combine that with a new federal tax and that soon Hawaiians will have to pay over $4/pack in taxes alone!H.B. 895 is a similar scenario for smokeless tobacco products – the taxes just go up and up with no end in sight.That’s the troubling thing about these tax hikes – there’s no end.  Many states are facing budget gaps and deficits in these hard times.  But instead of trying to lighten the burden of hurting families and businesses the taxes are piling up.  Cigarette taxes are an unreliable source of revenue and when the funds don’t materialize the politicians in Honolulu are just going to come looking for higher taxes in more places.Hawaii has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.  And it’s going to get worse with this kind of tax hike.  Cigarette taxes unfairly single out a minority of taxpayers to dig Hawaii out if its budget hole. And in the meantime, it hurts small businesses who will see their revenue dwindle as people go to the Internet and black market to purchase cigarettes.The worst part is, Governor Lingle should know better.  She signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Governor Lingle has promised to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”  Signing this bill would break that pledge and certainly doesn’t protect taxpayers. Take Action and urge Governor Lingle to keep her promise – oppose and veto any an all efforts to increase taxes!

04/23/2009

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