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Missouri's Judiciary Committee Chair Predicts Tax Increase Results

October 18, 2005
By: Kristen Commander
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's Senate Judiciary Committee Chair is taking a hands-off approach to a proposed cigarette tax increase. Kristen Commander has more from Jefferson City.

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Jackson County's Republican Senator, Matt Bartle, isn't pushing for or opposing a cigarette tax increase. Bartle says voters need to understand that money from the tax will help fund Medicaid. But Bartle says he won't take a stand.

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"I am not a smoker, it will not cost me anything, and a lot of voters may look at it this way."

Currently at 17 cents, the cigarette tax would increase the tax to 97 cents a pack. If approved by voters, the tax would raise $351 million dollars in the first year.

From the State Capital, I'm Kristen Commander

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A top Republican leader predicts Missourians won't pass a cigarette tax increase. Kristen Commander has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri's Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Senator Matt Bartle, says attitudes haven't changed since Missourians voted against past cigarette tax increases and he doesn't expect them to.

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"My prediction is the voters are probably going to resist the tax increase as they have resisted steadily over the past decade a chance to raise taxes in any form."

The American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association are all fighting for a state wide vote on the tax increase. The proposal needs 150,000 signatures to get on the ballot for the November 2006 vote.

From the State Capital, I'm Kristen Commander