cigarette tax http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. Tax Reform Proposal Includes Another Cigarette Tax Hike, Flat Income Tax http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-tax-reform-proposal-includes-another-cigarette-tax-hike-flat-income-tax <p>Despite being rejected by voters last month, there’s a new proposal to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:27:10 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7164 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Tax Reform Proposal Includes Another Cigarette Tax Hike, Flat Income Tax Effort To Raise Cigarette Tax Fails (Again) http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/effort-raise-cigarette-tax-fails-again <p>Missouri voters have <a href="http://enr.sos.mo.gov/ENR/Views/TabularData.aspx?TabView=StateRaces^Federal%20/%20Statewide%20Races^011656688155">narrowly defeated</a> an effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax.<br><br>If <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/default.asp#propB">Proposition B</a> had passed, the tax on a pack of cigarettes would have gone from <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/2011-state-cigarette-excise-taxes.aspx">the lowest in the nation</a>, at 17 cents, up to 90 cents.<br> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:43:08 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 6197 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Effort To Raise Cigarette Tax Fails (Again) Raise Missouri's Cigarette Tax? Voters To Decide On Proposition B http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/raise-missouris-cigarette-tax-voters-decide-proposition-b <p>Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax of any state in the country – and some of the highest smoking and lung cancer rates. A measure on tomorrow’s ballot – <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/default.asp#propB">Proposition B</a> – is aiming to change that.<br><br>While previous efforts to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax have failed, proponents of this increase are more optimistic.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:18:46 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 6092 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Raise Missouri's Cigarette Tax? Voters To Decide On Proposition B Proposition B - Tobacco Tax Increase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/proposition-b-tobacco-tax-increase <p>In the third of four discussions as part of our town hall meeting about statewide ballot issues we take a look at Proposition B, concerning a tobacco tax increase.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talks with Dudley McCarter, an attorney and board member of Missourians for Health and Education, and Ron Leone, the Executive Director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers &amp; Convenience Store Association.&nbsp;</p><p>McCarter supports Proposition B and Leone opposes it.</p><p><strong><em>Official Ballot Title: </em></strong><em>(source: Missouri Secretary of State website)</em></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:33:00 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 5996 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Proposition B - Tobacco Tax Increase McCaskill backs cigarette tax increase, even if it costs her supporters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-backs-cigarette-tax-increase-even-if-it-costs-her-supporters <p>Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill is throwing her support behind the November ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax in Missouri. If approved, <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/PropB.asp">the initiative would</a> increase the current cigarette tax from the lowest in the nation at 17 cents, to 90 cents.</p><p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:22:00 +0000 Chris McDaniel 4565 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill backs cigarette tax increase, even if it costs her supporters Local control, tobacco tax initiatives qualify for November ballot http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-control-tobacco-tax-initiatives-qualify-november-ballot <p>Missouri voters will be asked in November to raise the state&#39;s tobacco tax and let St. Louis run its own police department.</p><p>Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Tuesday that supporters of those proposals had submitted enough signatures from voters to put the questions on the statewide ballot.</p><p>Two other initiatives failed to make the ballot. One would raise Missouri&#39;s minimum wage, while the other would place new restrictions on payday loans.</p><p>Proponents of those measures immediately said they would challenge their exclusions in court.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 23:03:18 +0000 The Associated Press 4274 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local control, tobacco tax initiatives qualify for November ballot Mo. Supreme Court hears ballot initiative lawsuits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-supreme-court-hears-ballot-initiative-lawsuits <p>Six lawsuits involving three ballot initiatives were heard Monday by the <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">Missouri Supreme Court</a>.</p><p>At stake are ballot questions that would raise Missouri&rsquo;s cigarette tax, raise the minimum wage&nbsp;to $8.25 an hour, and cap interest rates on payday loans.&nbsp; The fate of all three may turn on whether the <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/">State Auditor </a>has the authority&nbsp;to estimate the financial impact of citizens&rsquo; petition initiatives.&nbsp; Attorney Ronald Holliger argued that the High Court should uphold a lower court ruling supporting the State Auditor&rsquo;s authority. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 03:18:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3984 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Supreme Court hears ballot initiative lawsuits Quinn signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-signs-medicaid-cuts-cigarette-tax-hike <p><em>This story will be updated.</em></p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed nearly $1.6 billion worth of cuts to Medicaid into law.</p><p>His signature means that nearly 25,000 working parents will lose state-funded health care on July 1. Regular dental care is being eliminated for adults. Those who need eyeglasses will be able to get a new pair once every two years. And patients who take more than four prescription drugs will have to get prior approval from the state.</p><p>Quinn this morning also signed a dollar-a-pack increase in the state&rsquo;s cigarette tax.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:52:25 +0000 The Associated Press 3905 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn signs Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike Buy cigarettes in Illinois? You could pay more, soon. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/buy-cigarettes-illinois-you-could-pay-more-soon <p><strong>Updated 4:30 p.m.</strong> <em>with Quinn&#39;s comments</em></p><p><strong>Updated 3:57 p.m.</strong> <em>with the full Senate&#39;s approval of the proposal</em></p><p>Illinois lawmakers have approved&nbsp;raising cigarette taxes by $1 a pack. It now goes to Gov. Pat&nbsp;Quinn, who supports the increase.</p><p>The state Senate approved <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=2194&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;SessionID=84&amp;GA=97">the legislation</a> 31-27 Tuesday in a&nbsp;vote that largely followed party lines.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 19:26:34 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 3804 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Buy cigarettes in Illinois? You could pay more, soon. Ill. House approves raised tobacco tax in plan to close Medicaid hole http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-house-approves-raised-tobacco-tax-plan-close-medicaid-hole <p>The Illinois House has agreed to raise&nbsp;tobacco taxes as part of a plan to strengthen the state Medicaid&nbsp;program.</p><p>The tax increase passed 60-52 Friday. It now goes to the Senate,&nbsp;which has backed similar increases in the past.</p><p>It more than doubles the tax on cigarettes, to $1.98 a pack.&nbsp;Other tobacco products would see a similar tax increase.</p><p>It also would create a special tax on hospitals that would then&nbsp;be matched by the federal government and returned to the state.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 21:12:43 +0000 The Associated Press 3791 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. House approves raised tobacco tax in plan to close Medicaid hole