Cigarette tax renewal still possible

Cigarette tax renewal still possible
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 3:26pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:01am

Despite a veto from the Governor, and a possible override shot down by the House, there's still a chance the four cent tax on cigarettes could be permanent.

The author of the bill, Represenative Harold Ritchie of Bogalusa, is trying to merge it into Senate Bill 53. That's a Governor backed constitutional ammendement that would bring more money to tops.

That means you could decide what would happen to the tax in October.

Ritchie says the tax brings in 12 million dollars a year in revenue to the State. And he says that money is desperately needed.

In a statement, Governor Jindal says "We're pleased that the House passed the TOPS constitutional amendment off the floor today. While we are disappointed that the House amended the TOPS bill to include the cigarette tax, we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. TOPS is too important to our children and to the future of our state. What is most important is that the people of Louisiana have a chance to vote to protect TOPS this Fall."

But it's not a done deal yet. Senator John Alario, a Republican who sponsored the TOPS bill, says he's not sure whether he'll support the addition.

We'd like to know if you'd support a constitutional ammendment that would make the tax permanent.  You can vote in our online poll by clicking here.

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