Cigarette tax rate; funding education and Medicaid. (HB2379)

Introduced By

Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Cigarette tax rate; funding education and Medicaid. Increases the cigarette tax by $0.89 per pack (from $0.30 cents per pack to $1.19 per pack). Of the $0.89 increase, the additional revenue attributable to $0.30 is dedicated to funding for the Medicaid program, and (ii) the increase in revenue attributable to the remaining $0.59 is dedicated to funding for public schools. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/14/2009Committee
01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 092589500
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/2009Assigned Finance sub: 1
01/27/2009Impact statement from TAX (HB2379)
01/28/2009Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/10/2009Left in Finance

Comments

Anne Haynes writes:

AGREE!!!! Just hope it passes

Del. David Englin writes:

Thanks, Anne! In addition to raising $155 million per year to offset the $400 million the state spends each year on smoking-related Medicaid costs, this would reduce smoking enough to SAVE us roughly $1 billion per year in long-term health care costs.

William writes:

Medicaid never published the dollar figure mentioned above. The tax on cigarets is lame. Obesity is the root medical issue for Medicaid patients and not smoking.

robert legge writes:

Some say the tax won't matter to addicted smokers. But I do think it matters to teens who generally have less disposable income. It is a red herring to say that this will hurt the tobacco industry. But this revenue is vitally needed for schools that are facing unprecedented cuts. Another way to look at it is who do you want to see pay more taxes- you (via higher local taxes) or some smoker on the other side of the state.