Time to increase the cigarette tax

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By Staff

Here is a solid yes, with an exclamation point, to the increase in the cigarette tax the General Assembly is considering.

The gig is up on cigs. Why there is so much controversy surrounding doing the right thing, in the year 2008, is beyond us. Given sharp revenue shortfalls and probable deep cuts in necessary services, Kentucky is in an unenviable position and it is time to start clawing out of the hole. Even if we were in good times, which we are not, a decent hike in the cigarette tax is justifiable. The average tax among the 50 states has been more than $1 for several years.

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