Ga. lawmakers eye boost in cigarette tax

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ATLANTA – Georgia lawmakers are considering hiking the state's tax on cigarettes from 37 cents to 68 cents per pack, making it one of the highest in the region.

The 84 percent increase is part of a plan set out by the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians to revamp the state's tax code. The increased tax on smokes would create another $114 million in revenue for the cash-strapped state.

The state's cigarette tax has been 37 cents since 2003, when it was raised 12 cents.

The increase would still keep Georgia among the lowest cigarette taxes in the country. In New York, the tax alone is $4.35, while in Rhode Island it's $3.46 and Michigan it's $2.52.

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copperhead
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copperhead 03/07/11 - 02:46 am
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Taxes on everything should be

Taxes on everything should be doubled or tripled so we can give the government more money to waste.

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DuhJudge 03/07/11 - 08:07 am
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I agree Copper. Go on and

I agree Copper. Go on and raise the tax on gas. And while they are at it, raise the tax on food, lumber, hotels, water, and newspapers. Especially newspapers. And don't ever trust the electorate to make decisions by referendum. Raise all the taxes, and make new ones too. Please. And all youu have to say is "We are doing it for the children."

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DuhJudge 03/07/11 - 08:09 am
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And besides, only the State

And besides, only the State can be cash strapped because the people are still spending.

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