Republican Lawmakers Want To Double MN Cigarette Tax

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 6:23 am

A new bill is expected to be formally introduced this week that could more than double Minnesota’s cigarette tax.

Republican Senator Carla Nelson and Representatvie Mike Benson, both of Rochester, outlined the bill on Monday as a way to deter smoking and to repay Minnesota schools for aid delays during recent state budgets.

Minnesota’s current $1.23 per-pack tax currently ranks among the middle of all states. The bill would up that to $2.52. People who support the bill estimate that a higher tax would generate $320 million in the next two years.

Nelson says the bill would make it less likely that young people would start smoking.

Here’s the audio of the story including comments from David Willoughby, a member of ClearWay Minnesota and the Raise it for Health coalition.

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