Proposition B Bus Tour Rallies in Supporters

4 years 3 months 1 week ago October 12, 2012 Oct 12, 2012 Friday, October 12 2012 Friday, October 12, 2012 2:46:00 PM CDT in News
By: Courtney Tezeno
Embed Code Copied

JEFFERSON CITY - The Show-Me a Brighter Future's Bus tour made its last stop at the capitol Friday with a rally to support Proposition B, the proposal that would increase the cigarette tax in Missouri from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack.

Proponents from public school boards, the American Cancer Society and health care agencies across mid-Missouri gathered to educate the public on the benefits of passing Proposition B. They said the proposition would generate $283 million in new revenue annually.

The campaign said that 20 percent of that funding would go toward smoking cessation programs to help Missourians who want to quit smoking and help keep kids from starting. The other 80 percent would go toward funding higher education, including public schools, colleges and universities.

But opponents argue Proposition B would hurt Missourians economically. Ron Leone, executive director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association said supporters are making promises they can't keep and they are misleading voters.

"So even though this is new money, that can't guarantee that this will be additional money for schools. Again all you have to do is look to our past with respective lotteries and casinos to see that we've been burned twice. And how many times do you have to be burned before you realize not to stick your hand in the fire?" Leone said. 

Voters rejected tobacco tax hikes in 2002 and 2006. American Cancer Society spokesperson Misty Snodgrass said this proposal will lower the state's high smoking rates, especially among youth. 

Missouri is currently has the lowest tobacco tax in the nation.

"We need to not be the lowest tobacco tax in the state when we are spending $532 million dollars on Medicaid costs related to tobacco is enough," Snodgrass said.

Leone said Missouri's low taxes drive in money from higher-taxed border states that generate revenue for Missouri.

"So that's why we think Proposition B is not only bad for Missouri because less people are coming in to spend their money, generating less tax revenue but it's also bad for small businesses who rely on those customers coming over from those higher tax border states," Leone said.

Prop B. supporters said the national average for the tobacco tax is at $1.49 per pack. If passed on the November 6 ballot, Proposition B would push Missouri's tobacco tax to the 33rd highest in the country at .90 cent per pack.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia is looking to improve its apartment recycling program. The program provides recycling containers, which... More >>
21 minutes ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 6:39:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Legislation regarding the safety of Missouri law enforcement officers and first responders continues to be a hot... More >>
1 hour ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 5:40:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A twin-engine Beechcraft Baron aircraft had a crash landing on Monday afternoon at Columbia Regional Airport. It... More >>
2 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 4:38:00 PM CST in News
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A proposed bill would impose penalties on Missouri gun owners who don't report a lost... More >>
3 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 3:16:34 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - If you're a Missourian and have purchased dairy products in the past 14 years, you might be eligible... More >>
4 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 2:55:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and again and again). Sleep is incredibly important. It’s... More >>
5 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 1:47:00 PM CST in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A Vandalia man was sentenced to seven years in jail after he encouraged a 13-year-old to have... More >>
5 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 1:43:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit on Shelbina municipal court in northeast Missouri that found... More >>
5 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 1:13:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Economic Development Director Stacey Button is not looking for a new airport manager. Former Columbia Regional Airport... More >>
6 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 12:32:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police are looking for a possible link between a shots-fired call and a shooting victim who showed... More >>
9 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 9:35:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a decomposed body has been found near a bridge in a Kansas City... More >>
12 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 6:30:00 AM CST in News
LA MONTE - The Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed charges against three men after a home invasion Saturday night.... More >>
1 day ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 6:47:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The MFA Oil Break Time shootout featured talented athletes from all around Missouri on Sunday. There were six... More >>
1 day ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 6:45:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Less than 24 hours after a call for help identifying the driver in a hit-and-run, Columbia police have... More >>
1 day ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 4:40:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose electric arm helped his team win the 2015 World Series title,... More >>
1 day ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:36:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Two people were arrested Friday in connection with a terroristic threat, according to an email from Columbia police.... More >>
1 day ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:08:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police officers responded to shots fired early Sunday morning in Columbia, according to a news release. ... More >>
1 day ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 1:26:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 20-year-old man is charged in an attack on a 12-year-old girl... More >>
1 day ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:51:01 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 36°
7pm 35°
8pm 34°
9pm 33°
10pm 35°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
The Celebrity Apprentice
9:00p
Timeless
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Celebrity Apprentice
9:00p
Timeless
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld