Language on annual increases added to ballot on cigarette tax hike

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Secretary of State's office added words onto a tax ballot issue on cigarette taxes for the November election.

The phrase "which fee shall increase annually" was added to a constitutional Amendment to Article IV, which relates to taxes and fees on cigarettes.

The ballot now officially reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • increase taxes on cigarettes each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20
  • create a fee paid by cigarette wholesales of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes, which fee shall increase annually; and
  • deposit funds generated by these taxes and fees into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund?

Raise Your Hands for Kids is an organization that originally wanted the language.

It tweeted Tuesday and said: