cigarette tax

PM Newscasts
6:06 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Newscast for November 7, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Boone County voters pass Proposition 1
  • Voter turnout at 65.7 percent in Missouri
  • Mo. GOP claims veto-proof majority in Legislature
  • Effort to raise cigarette tax fails (again)
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Education
9:04 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Columbia School Board supports raising state's cigarette tax

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
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Columbia's school board has come out in favor of a state ballot measure that would raise the state's cigarette tax and possibly bring money to public schools.

Proposition B is a proposed tobacco tax on November's ballot. It would raise taxes on cigarettes purchased in Missouri, which is currently ranked 11th in smoking rates and has the lowest cigarette tax of any state. The proposed tax would move Missouri to 36th place in nation-wide cigarette taxes and some of the money collected would be used to fund public schools.

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Politics
7:50 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Debate heats up on Mo. cigarette tax increase

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A ballot measure that would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax is starting to catch fire.

Leaders of the effort to raise the state’s tobacco tax are making stops across Missouri through the end of this week, to places like here to Lee’s Summit, Mo. on a yellow school bus.

Misty Snodgrass, with the American Cancer Society says a jump in the state’s cigarette tax, currently the lowest in the country, to 90 cents a pack would help reign in the state’s high smoking rate while directing half of that added tax revenue into schools.

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Politics
12:05 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Mo. tobacco tax foes cite cost to cities, counties

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Opponents of a tobacco tax initiative on the Missouri ballot say local governments could lose money if the measure passes.

The proposal would raise the state cigarette tax from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack and also increase taxes on other tobacco products.

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Politics
8:52 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Support grows for increasing cigarette tax

A report says one in four US high schoolers smoke first cigarettes before turning 18.
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A proposition on the November ballot that aims to increase the tobacco tax is picking up support. Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education is the latest to advocate for higher tax rates on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Proposition B represents the third attempt to increase Missouri’s low tax rate on tobacco products, and while previous proposals were turned down by the state’s residents in 2002 and 2006, this year’s version has steadily gained support.

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Politics
6:20 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Tobacco tax on November ballot, minimum wage and payday loan restrictions fall short

Missouri voters will be asked in November to raise the state's tobacco tax and let St. Louis run its own police department.

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Health & Wealth Update
1:51 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Payday loans, minimum wage and cigarette tax one step closer to voters

Canvassing in Columbia, earlier this year.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Initiatives that would cap payday loan interest rates, raise the Missouri minimum wage, and raise the state's tobacco tax are a step closer to the November ballot, after a Missouri Supreme Court ruling yesterday. The three initiatives were tied up for months in court – one judge struck down the payday petition, ruling the ballot summary was "likely to deceive petition signers." But yesterday, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld all three ballot summaries.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Petitions submitted for Missouri tobacco tax increase

Supporters of a ballot initiative to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax turned in signatures today.

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Intersection
5:30 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

The Missouri budget's revenue side

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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PM Newscasts
6:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Newscast for March 23, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A victory for Missouri voters
  • Zebra mussels found near Kansas City
  • St. Charles County reschedules their caucus
  • Senator Claire McCaskill will run for re-election
  • Jefferson City Memorial Airport gets federal funds for repairs
  • A Mexico ambulance service will be postponed due to infrastructure issues
  • A new bill proposes a tax hike in cigarette sales
Politics
5:53 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

New bill may cause tax-hike on cigarettes

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The latest bill would raise the state’s cigarette tax from 17 cents per pack to a dollar and 9-and-a-half cents per pack.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:27 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Missouri gets 'F' for tobacco control policies, in new report from American Lung Association

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A new report by the American Lung Association gives Missouri failing grades on all its state tobacco control policies. As St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra reports, the only bright spots were an expansion of state Medicaid coverage for smokers wanting to quit, and a surge in local community initiatives.

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