POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 6:15am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 10:48am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — UPDATE: The bill that would have raised the cigarette tax over $1.05 a pack was deferred today. The author of the bill tells NBC33 he decided to defer because he did not believe he would get the votes to pass it through.
The bill that would add a .36 cents tax has also yet to be heard. The bills author decided not to discuss it today and attempt to pass it through committee at a later date.
ORIGINAL: The house Ways and Means Committee will start the debate on the much talked about tobacco tax. Several bills that would raise the tax are going before the committee Monday morning.
A $1.05 tobacco tax increase was originally proposed in Governor Jindal’s tax plan, but he has since taken the idea off the table. The Governor even told us he would go so far as to veto a tobacco tax that landed on his desk. The tax originally was proposed to make up for revenue that would have been lost with the repeal of the state’s income tax.
Other bills propose raising the tax $0.36 and dedicating the funds to healthcare programs.