85% tax hike claim “Its not about the Revenue”???

 HJR 14: Raising taxes with fewer votes?Hearing over HB 2275 (85% tax hike on tobacco) pro-taxers testify it is not about the revenue?????
— Why this 85% Oregon tax & New York’s soda ban redefines government power in an ugly way

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

HB 2275 is an 85% increase in tobacco taxes. Yet, the pro-tax lobby testified in favor of HB 2275 saying “This is not about revenue”. Much of the pro-tax testimony was about using taxes not to raise revenue but for big government behavior therapy to force taxpayers to change their personal choices and control what they purchase. Taxation traditionally has been a tool of taking people’s income to pay for government services, now pro-tax lobbyist wish to use taxation as a political weapon to prevent citizens from purchasing a legal product and use force to control what people buy. It is a terrible trend in taxation that has no end in sight and no lack of people willing to step up to use government to control other people.

We also see their mis-use of government power this week in New York where the courts struck down a law by Mayor Bloomberg for outlawing soda drinks that were too big. Even judges are agreeing that this is an abuse of power and calling it “arbitrary and capricious” for its implementation. The court also said the ban was wrong as it tried to “limit or ban a legal item under the guise of ‘controlling chronic disease.’” Mayor Bloomberg justification was “customers that live longer are going to be happier customers”. Laws to control customer happiness levels? Try balancing the budget first.

Unfortunately, Oregon’s 85% tobacco tax hike (Hb 2275) hits low-income and middle class families the hardest. These lower income Oregonians are being punished by others for exercising their legal freedoms incorrectly.

Despite what the pro-tax lobby says, taxation should always be about “The Revenue” and not about people control no matter what you are taxing.
(Source: WSJ 3/12/13, Bill Link Hb 2275)

  • Ballistic45

    Just wait, all human activities will carry a tax…. And it won’t be about the money, it is all about CONTROL……

  • Recovering smoker

    HB2275 IS ALL ABOUT THE REVENUE, the concern for peoples choices and the arguments that it will prevent people from smoking are all crap.

    They don’t give one ounce of concern for smoker’s, all they want is the money. If they profess to be as concerned as they claim abount the harm smoking does and the increased health care costs to society they would completely outlaw this poison being ingested by the public. They have not and will not because they won’t be able to continue their extortion from nicotine addicts. They are no better than drug pusher, they hide behind their feigned concern for smoker’s health and use state controlled tobacco sales to line the states coffers. If you don’t believe me, just start selling non-taxed tobacco on any street corner and see how long it takes for your butt to be incarcerated.

  • Maximus Prime

    Seems like an odd thing to say about revenue at the Revenue Committee meeting

  • JacklordGod

    If this were not about revenue – the the tax proposed would be greatly higher. Instead it is set at the maximum rate those who propose it think the market will bear. Yet another demonstration of the Laffer Curve in action! And yet another demonstration of how positively evil those who propose these sorts of taxes really are. They don’t want you to quite smocking at all. They simply want to make more money off of your addiction.

  • MAx

    Smoking of any kind is bad and anything that reduces it is good.