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Targeting a small segment of the population to pay for benefits all of us receive is disgusting. I don't smoke, but this is just plain wrong and cowardly on behalf of the DFL.
As you walk by a smoker, sneering be sure to thank that person for your schools, roads and all the other stuff that person pays for. In fact, every time a smoker walks into a room, everyone should stand.
SMOKERS - Please STOP smoking or buying them in Minnesota. Get them out state or from the Indian reservations. The SPENDING is has to stop, they're taxing for everything, either bad OR good!
As a smoker it will not effect me anyway. I go to N Dakota three times a year to buy mine with a carpool of three. After this passes might have to deal with traffic jams at the state border.
It won't exceed the cost of smokes in Wisconsin because every smoker in Minnesota would be heading across the border to buy cigarettes. They would lose the revenue increase and more to Wisconsin and they know it. Not that it will ever convince them to look for other sources of revenue because smokers are the easiest target of all. These are the clowns we have elected to represent us and they are about to give themselves a huge raise. They all need to lose their jobs.
Smoking is a pesonal choice. Somehow the State of Minnesota now has demonized every smoker and would like all of them to quit smoking in their statements. However, we know that the state loves to nail smokers and needs their taxes to keep the ship of state afloat. How strange that in one hand they put all of us down yet does not rate the tax to, lets say, $100.00 per pack here in Minnesota. You know why that does not happen? Because they care more for the taxes than smokers health. How clear and so true. All of us should go to North Dakota and get a decent price.
catman2, can you make it a carpool of 4?
catman2, you can expect an ensuing crackdown on the limit of cigarettes you can transport across state lines in the language with this tax increase. My guess is anything more than two cartons transported across state lines will be a criminal offense, with escalating penalties for offenders. The state will do everything they possibly can to maximize their tobacco tax blood money....for the children.
Let's tax alcohol. I bet the state would get 100 times more money. Oh no wait, alcohol is something they enjoy.
ND here I come!!!
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