Sneaky Cigar Tax – liberals kill tax revenue success story

dog-logo-stampSneaky Cigar Tax – liberals kill tax revenue success story
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

First of all, liberal  lawmakers have violated the public meeting law intentions by stuffing a cigar tax to the Frankentax bill (SB 925) at the last minute with no adequate public hearings during the regular session on this important topic that effects small businesses across the state. Raising taxes in top speed is one way to cheat the public and the media.

In Oregon cigar used to be taxed as a percentage like cigarettes. The result was that it drove sales to the internet and hurt tax revenue. Small businesses lost under this scenario. Oregon tax revenue lost. It was an absolute lose-lose failure. Then lawmakers capped cigar taxes at 50 cents a cigar. Customers returned to stores and revenue went up. Now the state was earning more money not just from the cigar tax revenue but also from the income taxes from owners and employees.

Now, under the anti-public hearing rush to raise taxes the liberal on the House Revenue Committee voted to return to the failed tax model of around 10 years ago.  Only under the rush of blocking the public from a normal public hearing do we get these examples where politicians are killing a verifiable tax revenue success story.   Do they not want tax revenue?

The bill, SB 925 was voted out of committee unanimously by Democrat lawmakers and opposed unanimously by Republican lawmakers.

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  • menosmokem

    Cigars are bad smelling and bad for you . Studies have shown even one cigar a day can be as bad for you as a pack of cigs. This tax will help us get more money for the disadvantaged and will save lives, too. Even rich people might think twice if they have to pay 5 bucks for a death stick of stench.
    I only wish the tax was higher, as then it would be even more effective doing what I have outlined above.
    Remember, smoking can kill you….but taxes won’t…and might even save your life.
    Plus, second hand smoke from a cigar is as bad as from a tri-met bus.
    Trust me on that.
    Sin taxes, as they are called by those who don’t know better, are really death prevention measures that should be applauded, not mocked by some fool who doesn’t know anything about this kind of stuff.
    The actions of these fools who smoke cigars hurt us all with their higher medical costs. This will help.

    • guest

      Attending all Opiates: don’t believe any burning inhalent is good for US including hemp-bacco.
      Take a deep breath common sensors and then blow all the foul stenches to outer space, or at least as far as upper Uranus travelosity. .

    • Myke

      Really? Canada raised their cigarette taxes to a level that propagated a black market, raising crime, and instigating a need for more courts and prison space. Fortunately, someone woke up and they lowered the tax, getting rid of the special police force and courts required by the black market crime. Your intentions might be noble, but your short-sighted, selfish out look is a cause to dismiss your intelligence.

      • guest

        U R accordingly invited to go soak your stead in a coughing can bottomed lined with Jockneed’s calling for Philip Ignoramus, u succah! .

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