about to get more expensive to buy cigarettes in Vermont. The tax on a pack of cigarettes will increase 38 cents beginning this Friday, July 1st. The increase is part of a package of tax increases designed to bring in $24
million in additional revenue to state coffers.
Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont says it’s disappointed with Governor Peter
Shumlin’s efforts to fight a one-dollar increase in the state cigarette tax. And
the Coalition questions how a "health care" governor could oppose their plan
Vermont Senate has rejected a plan to increase the state tax on cigarettes by a
dollar a pack. The plan was designed to raise $9 million to help
balance next year’s budget. The
action raises new questions about how the budget shortfall will be
plan to raise Vermont’s cigarette tax by a dollar a pack is running into
some strong resistance at the Statehouse. Advocates say the tax will help fund quit smoking programs. But Governor
Peter Shumlin says it will cost the state a lot of money.