Taxes

Virginia Bill Seeks 600 Percent Increase in Tobacco Tax

A new piece of legislation introduced into the Virginia House of Representatives is seeking a massive increase on the tax of a number of cigar…

Kansas Governor Calls for Tobacco Tax Increase to Close Budget Gap

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has made national headlines for his plans to lead the state on a “march to zero” income taxes, but during Thursday’s…

Mississippi Legislature Will Consider Tax Increase Again

After a pair of bills to raise tobacco taxes failed to get out of committee in the Mississippi House of Representatives last year, the same sponsor…

Kentucky Could Nearly Triple Cigar Taxes

Among the bills the Kentucky House of Representatives will consider this session is House Bill 132, a 213-page document that proposes a number of tax…

Oregon Could Allow Cities and Counties to Set Tobacco Taxes

Legislation introduced into the Oregon legislature could result in cities, counties and towns in the Beaver State being able to impose their own taxes on…

Cigar Tax Proposed in Philadelphia

A new proposal in Philadelphia could increase the cost of cigars within city limits. Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has proposed a series of taxes on tobacco…

Nome, Alaska Voters Say No To Higher Tobacco Tax

Voters in Nome, Alaska appear to have defeated a proposed increase on tobacco tax in the city, with the latest results showing 52.7% of the…

Chicago Mayor Called On to Enact Park Smoking Ban, Raise OTP Tax

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, has been asked by an anti-tobacco group to make the parks of the country’s third-largest city smoke-free, a move that…

Petersburg, Alaska Voters to Decide on New Tobacco Tax

Voters in Petersburg, Alaska will get to decide on a new tobacco tax later this year, as an increase is one of six sales tax related…

Extension of CHIP Act Filed in U.S. Senate

Yesterday, Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., introduced the Children’s Health Care Insurance Program Extension Act of 2014, a bill that would extend CHIP through 2019. The…

Washington D.C. Keeps Cigar Exemption

A proposed 80 percent tax on premium cigar in Washington D.C. will not happen. The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Act of 2014 originally included raising…