“I voted no on today’s budget extender and enacting legislation because I could not support the governor’s new $1.60/pack tax on cigarettes. The state should be working harder to live within its means by making cuts, and shrinking the size of government instead of adding this new tax.
“This new tax is not likely to generate the amount of revenue that is projected and is likely to hurt small businesses and burden many in our working class. The worst part about the tax is the additional dollars will not be used for tobacco cessation or prevention programs.
“Logistically and practically, these tax bills have too many problems and do nothing to address addiction. There are also concerns that other provisions are illegal and may invite litigation. This is not a solution to our states deficit.”