Lawmakers to weigh $0.36 per pack tobacco tax
POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 6:18am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 9:51am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Today legislators will hear the pros and cons of accepting a $0.36 cent per pack tax increase, as opposed to a bill yesterday that proposed a $1.05 increase. Representative Katrina Jackson is carrying the bill she has also got the backing of the Legislative Black Cacus, a group of over 30 lawmakers.
Yesterday -- a bill that would have raised the tobacco tax to $1.05 per pack was shelved at least for now. The bill's author said he couldn't get enough support to get the bill through committee this go- around.
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