Wednesday, January 12, 2011

So glad Springfield didn't piss off this constituency

[Sun-Times] House Rejects $1.01 Cigarette Tax Hike
BY DAVE MCKINNEY Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Jan 12, 2011 01:06AM
The Illinois House rejected a $1.01-a-pack increase in the state’s cigarette tax, dealing a setback to efforts by Gov. Quinn to pass a revenue package that will help the state out of its $15 billion budget hole.

The vote was 51-66, but the measure was kept alive through a parliamentary maneuver. The cigarette tax increase would have earmarked $375 million for education.
So glad the 14 smokers left in Illinois aren't getting screwed.

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