Supreme Court Sets Hearing on Tobacco Tax

1 decade 3 years 8 months ago Monday, September 18 2006 Sep 18, 2006 Monday, September 18, 2006 6:16:51 PM CDT September 18, 2006 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY - The state Supreme Court will decide whether Missourians get to vote on a tobacco tax increase this November. The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments October 3 for an appeal on the case. Election authorities initially determined that the tobacco tax measure had failed to get enough valid petition signatures from registered voters. But Cole County Circuit Judge Thomas Brown overturned that decision last week and ordered the tax increase to go on the November 7 ballot. The measure would raise Missouri's cigarette tax to 97 cents a pack, instead of the current 17 cents. Taxes on other tobacco products would triple. The money would be used for health care and anti-tobacco programs.

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