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Lawmakers Talking Cigarettes And Alcohol

Increased taxes on cigarettes and alcohol will be up for debate before two Nevada legislative panels. AB333, to be considered Tuesday by the Assembly Taxation Committee, would raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes from 80 cents to $1.70. The levy on hard liquor would jump from $3.60 to $4.50 a gallon. The bill is sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Peggy Pierce, and the Department of Taxation calculates it would generate about $250 million for the state general fund over two years. Another tax bill, SB386, will be heard later in the day by the Senate Revenue Committee. That measure would raise the cigarette tax to $2 per pack.

  • Tony

    If you want to raise the tax on tobacco than you should allow business owners to determine if they want to have smokers in their business or not and post it at the front door so that smokers can enjoy a night out and the tobacco natzis can stay away from such establishments.

  • IreneK

    *Of course* it was sponsored by a Democrat. The Dems have been so stupid when it comes to money, that their actions have ensured that at least one person (me) will never vote for a Dem again.

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