Got money to burn? Bill would double Minn. cigarette tax

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 9:35 PM

A House hearing shows how legislators feel the need to make smoking more expensive.

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bill9844Feb. 7, 13 7:12 PM

I think they should add another $5.00 tax to the disgusting things. They kill thousands each year and they stink.

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geckojayFeb. 7, 13 7:17 PM

I don't like it!

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johndontFeb. 7, 13 7:21 PM

cigarettes: perhaps the only product on the market that can actually kill you if you use properly/follow directions

they will never be illegal, they make too much tax money for our politicians.

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ciamanFeb. 7, 13 7:50 PM

So the Democratic woman says it is her concern regarding public health? Really? If that is true, then why is she concerned? After all people buy and eat steaks and eggs but she is not after those items. How about liquor? We do not need people telling us what to do. And that is what it is really about. She will raise the taxs which is her morality than anthing else. Leave us alone and we will leave her alone. The Big Brother brood is alive and looking for another thing to save us from everything.

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serfdumbFeb. 7, 13 7:52 PM

cigarette tax hike; says goal is to discourage smoking... - Since democrats believe higher taxes discourage a behavior, why do they keep raising taxes on those that pay for everything. I guess they want them to work less. Hmmm, they are so bright. Waiting for the mass exodous from MN by retirees.

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jimdowFeb. 7, 13 7:55 PM

Gee wiz...why stop at $1.60? If you really want them to quit, make it $10.00 a pack! Wait, that may really get them to quit and then we wouldn't get the tax money...

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jimdowFeb. 7, 13 7:56 PM

Gee wiz...why stop at $1.60? If you really want them to quit, make it $10.00 a pack! Wait, that may really get them to quit and then we wouldn't get the tax money...

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rimlickerFeb. 7, 13 8:00 PM

I'm not a smoker but I'm tired of all these new taxes. I never hear of any cut backs on spending. It seems like the solution to the problem is tax things more or tax things that aren't currently being taxed. You can only go to the well so many times before it dries up.

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phatcatpatFeb. 7, 13 8:09 PM

Something is terribly wrong with these people. This isn't about heath, it is about raising more money to fund their insatiable appetite for money.

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faroutspacenut5Feb. 7, 13 8:11 PM

Go ahead and tax the minority, to the point of ridding yourselves of smoking/smokers. Then what happens? The state loses all that revenue and will look to another product/group to tax. Maybe ice cream? Candy? What will it be? Certainly something deemed to be unhealthy. You see, they will always find something to tax. For you that agree with this proposed tax, think again. Your habit or indulgence might be next. Leave well enough alone.

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