On Thursday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed HB 4485 into law, a bill that will permanently extend the state’s current 50-cent cap, which in turn will save cigar smokers a decent amount of money.

While Michigan has a tax rate of 32.4 percent of the wholesale price on cigars, the state has had a cap of 50 cents per cigar in place since November 2012. However, the legislation that enacted that cap was set to expire in October, which would have made cigars more expensive. In real-world terms, a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 that cost $10.50 with the cap in place would have gone up to $12.58 without the cap, by halfwheel estimates and using commonly practiced tax procedures.

HB 4485 was sponsored by Rep. Matt Hall, R-Marshall, and introduced in April; it passed by the House of Representatives in May by an 83-25 vote with two representatives not voting and the Senate by a 28-6 vote in October with two members excused.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.