A proposal by Gov. Sam Brownback to raise taxes on cigars, cigarettes, other tobacco products and alcohol has failed.

The Kansas Senate rejected the Republican governor’s proposal, favoring instead a Democratic proposal that would adjust tax rates for certain residents and closing an exemption for businesses registered as an LLC.

Kansas taxes cigars and other tobacco products at 10 percent, and Brownback’s proposal would have doubled that to 20 percent of the wholesale price. For a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 currently retails for around $10.45 at the register, that would have increased to around $11.40 according to halfwheel estimates.

In 2015, Brownback called for an even larger increase as he sought to raise the tax rate from 10 to 25 percent of the wholesale price.


Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.