Cigarette Tax Hike Clears Mississippi Senate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A cigarette tax increase has moved another step through the Mississippi Legislature.

The state Senate voted 42-7 Thursday to increase the excise tax to 49 cents a pack, up from the current 18 cents.

The House voted earlier this month to increase the tax to $1 a pack.

The taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco would not change under either the plan.

At this point, the House could accept the Senate's proposal for 49 cents a pack. But lawmakers say it's more likely that the two chambers will start negotiations to reach a compromise amount.

Gov. Haley Barbour says he supports an increase of 24 cents a pack for premium cigarettes and 43 cents for off-brands.


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  • by Everette Location: Union on Mar 4, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    I Am Not A Smoker Anymore,But Why Always Pick On The Smoker,Why Not Pick On The Beer Drinkers And Gamblers For A Change.
  • by ALLAN Location: MERIDIAN on Feb 1, 2009 at 03:13 AM
    WHEN IS THE MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE GOING TO VOTE TO CUT THEIR PAY/EXPENSES TO HELP OUT IN THESE BAD TIMES, WHAT ABOUT CUT THE PAY/EXPENSES OF HALEY (THE ALMIGHTY)BARBOUR.
  • by ed Location: Meridian on Jan 29, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    again worthless tax.. would been better to had spent money right .. all this about smoking bad for you.. and yet they dont do anything to help those get off it but the reason so they can tax you ... but moreover fact is this doesnt work... allthe states did it lost in the long rund
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