[quote][b]Panel Targets Tobacco Taxes[/b]
"If the taxes are not being enforced, we are losing tax revenues that we need," Rep. Jeremy Fischer, D-Presque Isle, co-chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said after several people testified earlier this month about the impact on border stores when the tax on cigarettes was raised to $2 a pack"...
Maybe he doesn't know that even in the North the internet, and other methods, make it easy to buy smokes from out of state. Apparently he sees it as a border problem... I wonder how much extra money he's willing to spend to put up checkpoints as you cross into Maine?
Surely you're not suggesting he'd consider [b]cost[/b] as a factor in [b]anything[/b], are you? As to internet sales, they're going after your credit card records to be used as evidence against you. They're going to tax you as much as they want to, and you'll pay it and like it. They have guns and they're willing to use them to make you pay your taxes. Did you happen to notice him expressing any regret for the difficulties that Maine convenience stores are facing? Neither did I. Their concerns are not with serving the people, they're more interested in them for the taxes that can be extracted from them.
[quote][b]Lay off the cigarettes[/b]
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Monday, March 26, 2007
Maybe we should just make them illegal and be done with it. Cigarettes, that is.
They're having another session and another budget crunch so -- guess what? -- legislators will be raising Maine's cigarette tax again. The only question is by how much. Is $1 a carton enough, or will the the Legislature hike the tax another $1.50 a carton? (A carton has 10 packs.)[/quote]
From one of the posted articles:
[quote]New Hampshire raised almost as much revenue as Maine did from cigarette taxes in fiscal year 2006, $138 million to Maineâ€™s $153 million.
Ha! I bet they could elimate the cigarette tax altogether and still do well.
Send your representative a message... Enough is Enough!
Click the link below and follow the simple directions, it's easy...
[url=http://www.pmlac.com]Click here[/url] and fill in the contact info. It will take you to an automated letter to your representatives.
Everyone, including non-smokers, loses on this proposed cigarette tax. Is this what the Democrats meant when they ran as pro-business candidates promising tax relief?
The letter below, reprinted by author's permission, points out how the impact of this is greater than $1 per pack for smokers.
[b]Legislature must snuff out cigarette-tax increase[/b]
On behalf of more than a dozen area store owners, we write to emphasize the important role played by neighborhood convenience stores in Maine's culture.
From serving as a gathering place around the woodstove in rural Maine to offering urban convenience with neighborhood familiarity, Maine's 1,700 convenience stores serve townspeople, tourists, hunters, fishermen and snowmobilers alike. These stores, most of them locally owned and operated, are often the community center for services, provisions, information and conversation, and are integral to the everyday life of Maine people. Our combined contribution to the state's revenue stream is considerable.
We have to question the long-term vision required to make an out-of-control budget increasingly dependent on revenue generated by sales of cigarettes, a product that the state actively discourages.
We urge members of the Legislature to recognize that by placing such a large share of the burden of collecting money to balance the budget on our shoulders, they make it difficult for us to compete.
Increasing the cigarette tax will contribute to the disappearance of an important part of Maine's heritage -- the neighborhood convenience store.
Think about that next time you are in a corner store marveling at all the food on the shelves, fuel at the pumps, hardware supplies, rental movies, souvenirs, ATM, lottery tickets, liquor, beer and wine, outdoor supplies, hunting and fishing licenses, deer-tagging services, canoe and kayak rentals, deli sandwiches, salads, pizza and a little Maine yarn being spun or overheard.
Owner, Joe's Smoke Shop
Edward Anania, Jr.
Owner, Anania's Variety
Ci[size=18]garette tax divides budget powwows[/size]
By Victoria Wallack
State House News Service
AUGUSTA (May 2, 2007): Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature unveiled their positions Tuesday on the two-year state budget they have to approve together before July 1, and a proposed cigarette tax divides them.
The Democrats are calling for a 75-cent-a-pack hike and Republicans say they will support no new taxes. Both sides are expected to give some, but no one is willing to say yet how much.
[b]Democrats' Proposed Tax Increases Draw Health Advocates' Applause[/b]
Legislative Democrats' proposal to raise taxes on cigarettes by 75 cents a pack is drawing applause from a health coalition.
The Maine Coalition on Smoking or Health is also calling the majority Democrats' budget proposal to extend the tobacco tax to "little cigars" a victory for Maine children. The little cigars are cheaper and thus easier for children to afford.
[quote="Tom C"]Why not add an extra $1 to a bottle of booze or six pack of beer?
Maybe another buck for a Big Mac?
What's this facination with smokers?[/quote]
smoking is much more stigmatized and looked down on, it's much easier to creat public approval and a coalition against smokers than say drinking..
Confiscate every disposable dollah and give it to Chavez!
Isn't that the programme?
I haven't heard much about LD 1375, "An Act To Equalize the Taxation of Noncigarette Tobacco Products". This will tax chew, pipe tobacco, cigars and loose tobacco at a buck an ounce. A 16 oz bag of roll your own sells for about $15 and will go to $31 when this passes.
BrentD~ This is insane!
Next they will tax you when you exhale :twisted:
The Dem plan, according to Victoria Wallack, includes a $7 million tax increase on businesses by cutting the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement five-percent.
[quote="Paul Mattson"]Next they will tax you when you exhale :twisted:[/quote]They should tax the inhale. Then D's like Clinton won't have to pay it, while the rest of us try to hold our breath.
Last business out pays the tab...
[color=red][i]Do the Democrats in Augusta do [u]anything[/u] besides come
up with dumb-ass ways to waste money and even more
dumb-ass schemes to squeeze still more taxes from us???[/i][/color]
MAINE: [i]What Happens When You Re-Elect Liberals! [/i][/b][/size]
[b]"The Maine Coalition on Smoking or Health is also calling the majority Democrats' budget proposal to extend the tobacco tax to "little cigars" a victory for Maine children."[/b]
What twisted mind considers it a "victory" to bleed the state dry through all manner of taxes, to the point where there's no businesses left to provide food, shelter and medical for Maine children? Maine's government is like an alcoholic on a binge. They love the "high" of government power and they'll pursue it no matter how much destruction their behavior causes. They need to have an "intervention" performed.
I notice all the attention is on the D budget. Take a look at the R budget when it comes out. Then compare.
The R budget is out. There is a link to it on another thread. It does not include this tax increase.