California's proposed tobacco tax has been been narrowly voted down, according to voting tallies...

California's proposed tobacco tax has been been narrowly voted down, according to voting tallies on the California Secretary of State website. Tobacco names such as RAI, MO, LO, could get a lift as the initiative was viewed as having a big impact on the direction proposals in other states go as well.

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  • youngman442002
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    Damn.,.....I had a big warehouse under contract on the Nevada border...
    6 Jun 2012, 09:23 AM Reply Like
  • Ericbo
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    While I agree that smoking should be discouraged, California's proposal for a tobacco tax belies an even deeper problem. California's governor and administration seem bankrupt in ideas for addressing its growing fiscal woes. It, like the Obama administration, can conceive only of raising tax after tax to attempt to address its problems. It ignores the need for major reforms in spending, public employee pension and healthcare programs, escalating costs associated with a growing illegal immigration population and on and on. More taxing is the easy way out of its problems. The hard choices, and the only ones that will work long-term, are being ignored.
    6 Jun 2012, 09:34 AM Reply Like
  • J 457
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    Yea the hard choices again...They should either make cigarettes illegal, or make the smokers pay for their own health care cost. Of course the smokers can't afford to pay health care cost, leaving them to lay around slowly dying on every street corner of America. Doesn't quite make sense. Or raise the price of cigarettes so the health care costs can be partially offset by the increased tax. That was the idea. As for the other problems, trust me, the are not exclusive to CA. Brown talked a good talk about union and entitlement reform, now he's MIA and the firefighters still make 200k a year and retire at 50.
    6 Jun 2012, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • muchbusiness
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    J 457, all those dying smokers I have to step over getting to the office reduces my productivity.
    6 Jun 2012, 11:00 AM Reply Like
  • John R. Conway
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    More Taxes or Less taxes either way this bodes well for MO and others
    6 Jun 2012, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • Yorick
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    California is our Greece
    6 Jun 2012, 10:26 AM Reply Like
  • Clifford Brown
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    About me: Just and old 84 year old Taxpayer who resents having to pay for others sins When everyone from the time of understanding were taught that smoking kills and still chooses to smoke.
    6 Jun 2012, 11:10 AM Reply Like
  • John R. Conway
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    So does Alcohol and a variety of other legal drugs
    6 Jun 2012, 11:21 AM Reply Like
  • richardsonbud20
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    according to BW its not final yet.
    6 Jun 2012, 11:27 AM Reply Like
  • spankythedog
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    Think of the real problems that could be solved by legalizing drugs, & then taxing the hell out of them . It would probably go a long way to prevent the mass murders taking place in Mexico and elsewhere
    6 Jun 2012, 12:34 PM Reply Like
  • petten
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    Like many other propositions, it should not have been proposed for a vote in the first place. They are complete waste of resources and energy (spent on them).


    The less government, the better!
    6 Jun 2012, 06:31 PM Reply Like
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