Higher tobacco taxes will benefit our children and grandchildren

Missouri tobacco tax is 17 cents per pack, by far the lowest in the country. The national average is $ 1.49 per pack. Proposal B on the ballot on November adds 75 cents to the tax.

This new tax will generate more than $ 250 million revenue, specially designed for elementary, secondary and higher education, as well as support for tobacco prevention and cessation. The rise in prices at this level always leads to a reduction in cigarette smoking, along with a surge in demand for smoking cessation programs.

But much more important is the enormous health benefits of B will offer our children for generations to come.

Nearly 10 out of 12 smoker’s life began smoking at the age of 16. Tobacco marketers spend more than $ 1,000 on advertising for each child or adolescent smokers in captivity. Our children often become addicted before they have developed the good sense to understand all the consequences of what they did. There are 1.5 million children living in Missouri today, and about 300,000 of them are projected to become dependent smokers at the age of 18. However, conservative econometric estimates show that 73% of the rise in prices will deter about 40,000 Missouri children today from dependent smokers. And smoking, of course, would affect their health throughout their lives. Early death occurs in half of all smokers who die on average 15 years ahead of their time.

Currently, Missouri has one of the highest youth smoking rates in the country, which leads to costly diseases: emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cancer, heart disease, asthma and stroke. Smoking also contributes to high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and aging skin. Tobacco-related illnesses are estimated every home Missouri $ 586 a year, which we pay for through increased insurance premiums and taxes.

The damage to our grandchildren did not care. Our daughter smoking cigarettes will soon have their own children. Each year, in Missouri, smoking causes about 1,800 low birth weight and premature infants (450 preterm and 1350 underweight term births). Children of mothers who smoke are also more likely to have problems at school or mental retardation later in childhood.

How much will a cigarette smoker actually have to pay? A typical pack-a-day smoker spends about $1,600 per year for the habit, and the new tax will add $267 per year. Proposition B opponents argue that 73 cents is an “outrageous 729 percent tax increase.” However, the actual added cost is the same as just 3 cigarettes per day for the average smoker. Cut out 3 cigarettes, and it costs nothing.

A “Yes” vote on Proposition B in November is a vote for the health and welfare of our children and our grandchildren, and it will improve the quality of education and lower health insurance costs for everyone. Occasionally we have given the opportunity to do so much, so easily, for so much.

Dr. Cooperstock, professor of pediatrics at the women’s and children’s hospital at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He writes as a representative of the Missouri Department of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Taxes on tobacco products

Missouri voters will see suggestion tax on tobacco products and give the police department in St. Louis to the local authorities in November, but they will not vote for a payday loan or regulation of minimum wage increases, the Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Tuesday.

The payday loan initiative fell 270 signatures less than the number required in the first Congressional District, according to figures released by Carnahan’s office. The minimum wage proposal was 510 signatures short in the third district and 1091 in the first short.

The proposal taxes on tobacco will add 73 cents per pack of cigarettes, 25 percent to the cost of loose tobacco for cigarettes and 15 percent on all other tobacco products. Funds received by an estimated $ 283 million $ 423 million per year will be divided between the public schools, higher education and eradication programs of smoking.

Measure of St. Louis will be canceled during the civil war, a law that puts the police under the supervision of the Board of Police Commissioners, appointed by the Governor.

Decision Tuesday petition is unlikely to provide a new round of litigation. Voting language written by Carnahan and State Auditor Tom Schweich was approved last week the Supreme Court of Missouri tobacco tax, payday loan, and the minimum wage proposals.

Payday loan and the minimum wage initiatives have been undertaken as a coordinated campaign for the measures of community coalitions, faith, labor and student groups, said Sean Soendker Nicholson, director of the Progress of Missouri. They intend to go to court to get another look at the signatures submitted in St. Louis, where only 49 percent of the signatures collected were counted, he said.

According to Nicholson said, came from a post Carnahan, 76 percent of the signatures collected in Boone County were valid and 80 percent of the signatures collected in Jefferson County were valid.

Jefferson County is part of the third electoral district, where the minimum wage proposal fell 510 signatures short. “We are going to fight in court to verify that the signatures are valid,” Nicholson said. The payday loan proposal would cap interest on the short-term loans at 36 percent. The minimum wage proposal would increase the wage to $8.25 an hour and require an annual adjustment based on price levels.

Tobacco stores see boom, bust expecting a hike in the cigarette tax victory

As the dollar more than the tobacco comes into force this week, some very strong opinions resulted from the adoption of the new law. As we know at this point that the tax increase on cigarettes took effect on Sunday, but what many do not know that this tax is included in a new form of classification for some other tobacco products.

Miniature cigars, usually less than a dollar when sold separately, and two dollars cheaper than the sale of cigarettes in packs, now fall into the same category as cigarettes, resulting in a huge jump in prices. Daily or regular customers of the three smoke shops in the city were blanks in the past few weeks, and though these stores have seen a boom in business, most believe he will come to a screeching halt after Sunday. Employee Store One Stop smoking, Robert Burton, believes that many of them either quit or start a journey from the state to ensure their needs are tobacco.

“Hardcore regulars will not care, but people with an opportunity to travel and those who just stop at that and there will be no more,” said Burton. This can cause an initial drop in sales at the store, but “there will always be in demand. Times get hard, people get stress and smoking.” Burton hopes to soon become a “reformed smoker” as a result of higher taxes.

In addition, L & D Discount Smoke Shop Discount Tobacco Warehouse, and saw a lot of business in the last couple of weeks, but both sites were significantly slower on Sunday. Sarah Hitz, in the L & D Discount Smoke Shop, recognizes the fact that this is not the first, and probably will not last, raising taxes on tobacco products.

“People say they will stop every time the price goes up,” Hitz said. She is grateful for the drive-up in L & D, which helps ensure that most of its business. She predicted, however, that “there will be only a smoke shop in town, in the end. I do not know what it is, but it’s just a matter of time.” Hitz is a smoker, but has no plans to stop in connection with the tax hike, while someone at the store said that a pack of cigarettes is almost equal to the fee per hour.

The new store on the block, discount tobacco stores do not pick the perfect time to start a business. Mackenzie Boland, an employee discount warehouse of tobacco, I am sure that, while the new store, people will still buy cigarettes there because they are the cheapest in town. As a non-smoker, Boland did not really think that a lot of tax because it does not affect it. It is, however, say that it is a pity to those whom he influenced.

In every shop smoke, raising taxes was the main topic of discussion. Some did not know the magnification, while others knew it was coming, but it does not make it easier to swallow.

Caution of tobacco tax in California

Over the past few years, in favor of higher taxes on the sin of trying to appease the Idaho Legislature increased the tax on cigarettes, arguing that such growth is wildly popular among the electorate. This is a trick that the American Cancer Society tried to legislative last winter.

Voters in California, of all places, rejected the proposal 29, which would raise the cigarette tax to the state of 115%. Slightly more than half of California voters oppose the idea, even if the tax increase by $ 1.87 per pack was exposed to the benefit of income that would funnel as much as $ 735 million cancer research, smoking cessation programs and law enforcement agencies.

The defeat is even more amazing when you consider the election in March, which showed that a qualified majority of California voters were willing to cast their “yes” vote for Prop 29.

Part of this stems from the fact that it is very easy to make a pro-tax increase poll, where voters are asked, “How would you like to raise taxes on the (insert name of someone else here) to solve the problems of this list?”

The result is almost amazing glowing. Most people do not smoke, so a tax increase, which appears to me the benefit at the expense of everyone else, seems to be easy to win.

But Californians were some clarity of mind on the subject: Yes, a tax increase will cause a lot of money but the money just to find its way into one or more government bureaucracy.

Cancer research is enormous, with the federal government spending as much as $ 6 billion a year on such programs. Smoking cessation programs already in place, with millions going to them.

And smokers are smart. Did not they just go somewhere to smoke, where taxes are lower or nonexistent? They are, and what they do.

And really, what is the promise of barrels of money to service a wide range of good deeds? Mostly smoke, as evidenced by recent research on the subject.

In 2009 the federal government increased excise taxes on smoking in order to finance the expansion of State Children’s Health Insurance Program. But the responsibility of the U.S. government has shown that raising taxes does not give the money was to be expected. This means that the costs of such programs are transferred to other taxpayers.

In case the federal government budget deficit would balloon, the shift to the children and grandchildren of the taxpayers.

Here in Idaho, even politicians who favor higher taxes on tobacco products, face the same questions California voters staged, and very few answers.

The main reason for any tax on income is for certain public purposes. Proponents of higher taxes on cigarettes just can not give a good story that additional funds will be used. Each person knows that the money will be used for government growing and nobody can guarantee that the revenues derived from tax increase that can lead and actually maintaining tax bureaucracy.

Even worse is that the tax will lead to fewer jobs, and Idaho, there is little effect of consumption of smokers are finding ways to avoid higher tax rates. California voters have realized this, and the vote should make Idaho lawmakers want to run as far as possible from the tobacco tax increase.

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax

In the 2011 annual report of the U.S. Department of Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Taxes and Trade Bureau (TTB) published earlier this year, emphasizes the many benefits achieved by the new resolution on the website of the Bureau of the system, based on the technology of e-government solutions leader Accela, Inc a full report, available on www.ttb.gov/foia/ttbar2011.pdf, details of how the new system allowed TTB to cost-effectively fulfill their mandates – in spite of the reduction of staff and high rates of alcohol beverage producer and wholesaler permit application.

With approximately 500 employees, TTB is responsible for providing and administering laws relating to the manufacture, distribution or use of alcohol and tobacco products. Alcohol-related companies wishing to work on the retail trade must apply with the Cincinnati-based National Center TTB revenue (NRC), which was the main beneficiary of the permit system on the site. TTB also issues permits for tobacco manufacturers, importers and export warehouses, while the firearms and ammunition companies also need to be registered before the TTB duty-free sales.

According to the TTB 2011 Annual Report, the load of processing permits increased by 56 percent to run the system, and the bureau began to assess the 90-day turnover time for the initial application, the resolution by the end of fiscal 2011, compared to 65 days in fiscal year 2010, if the main steps were taken.

The transition from paper-degree system, TTB last year deployed Accela Automation (R) enterprise software as a basis for resolution of the Internet, combined with the use of satellite Accela Citizen Access (TM) online application portal. Significant features of the system include online self-registration, self-control application state, and electronically managed care in the application process. Built-in self-help tips and instructions on every step of the application process also ensure that applications achieve TTB specialists completed correctly and contain all the necessary documents.

According to the 2011 Annual Report, the impact of the first two releases, permissions on the site are substantial. The annual report noted that strategic investments in the TTB permit on the site is crucial to improve the performance for a program that performs an important role in protecting consumer rights and to support economic recovery. “Do not act on the delay in issuing a permit would put TTB in an anti-business posture at a time when job creation and competitiveness of the United States abroad, the National Priorities” report read. “New business is allowed TTB mostly small businesses [that] contribute to jobs at the local level and improve the competitiveness of America in the global market.”

Accela CEO and President Maury Blackman praised the results in the TTB. “Federal agencies like TTB to perform vital functions that benefit consumers and the economy,” said, Blackman. “We are proud to Accela advanced technology – with great success using hundreds of state and municipal institutions -. Help TTB more effectively carry out their important mission,”

Accela permitting Internet-based system was deployed with the assistance of the Federal ePermits, a joint venture between Washington TechGlobal, Inc and Peak Technology Solutions, Inc Thanks to its exceptional work on the draft resolutions on the website of the Federal Department of ePermits received from the Treasury, “Small Business Prime Contractor” for 2011 year.

About TTB headquarters in Washington, TTB operates major facilities in Ohio (NRC), Maryland, and California. TTB also supports substantial mobile workers across the country. TTB’s mission is to collect federal taxes on alcohol, tobacco, weapons, ammunition and food and to protect consumers from unsafe alcohol or improperly labeled products. In addition, the role of TTB in the permitting and regulating alcohol and tobacco industry provides a fair market, expanding trade opportunities and equal conditions for the legitimate industry. For more information on TTB services can be found at: www.ttb.gov.

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California tobacco tax

Supporters of tobacco tax initiative said on Wednesday they were willing to wait a few days if not weeks, to see if the myriad voting turn the tide in their favor.

Proposition 29, which would hike the state cigarette tax by $ 1 per pack, followed by 63,176 votes after election officials counted 3.8 million ballots from Tuesday’s election – 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent margin.

District officials are left to consider the hundreds of thousands of votes cast by the majority of last-minute voters who are constantly using email newsletters. It was not immediately certain number of ballots left, but nine of the most densely populated districts in the state reported almost 800,000 in the combined count.

Neither side was ready to declare race over the environment, although opponents of the initiative was sure that at the last minute voters landed in his corner. They relied on nearly $ 47 million war chest, mainly from the tobacco industry to bring down with the support of 67 percent high in March.

After a night of little sleep, both sides called the county elections office in California to estimate how many ballots were considered mail – and where. Places may be most relevant for the parties consider race over and wait for more ballots to count, as some large districts overwhelmingly swung to one side or the other on Tuesday.

“We are very encouraged with the 63,000-vote lead, but clearly, the ballots are still to be counted,” said the 29 did not spokeswomen Beth Miller. “We are waiting to get a more accurate estimate of how many ballots are still bright and appreciate that there will be consequences.”

Chris Lehmann, head of the Campaign for so sides 29, acknowledged that supporters have an uphill battle if they want to still win the competition. “This campaign was a coalition of cancer survivors and their families, and they do not get used to long odds. They will vigilantly monitor these returns come in and hope for the best.”

Public Policy Institute of California poll showed that 67 percent of voters supported the proposal of March 29, when they read the ballot language. But this figure has been steadily declining through Election Day. The parties combined to spend about $ 60 million in race, with the tobacco industry opposition to the fuel increase of nearly $ 47 million in it.

Lehman said: “The $ 47 million, distortion of truth, as a rule, have an effect on people.”

But opponents said the initiative was flawed, striking a chord with voters, and some editors, who were concerned about how tax revenues are spent. Proposition 29 would raise $ 735 million a year to pay primarily for cancer research and smoking cessation programs. Supporters also emphasized the fact that higher taxes on cigarettes will reduce smoking.

Opponents of the spending plan compared to the previous two voter approved programs for stem cell research and high-speed rail and wondered why this measure will raise money for the state budget.

High levels of taxation may limit the sale of tobacco

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Search for alternative cancer “gutkha» and “paan masala” is the biggest problem. But the pensioner says that made it a viable alternative for the production of these dangerous products.

The solid and semi-options “gutkha» and “paan masala” has been named as “Amrita” and «Oorja”, which are available in small bags. These products are currently only used to encourage patients admitted to hospital cancer JK quitting tobacco.

Made from a dry anti-money laundering, belifal, dates, cherries, aniseeds, cardamom, mint and herbal aromas, these natural products are available in limited locations. These herbal alternatives are also recommended by doctorsJKCancerHospital. Hospital authorities will distribute Amrit and Oorja for patients and their attendants on the occasion of “No Tobacco Day” on Thursday.

“Tobacco is a substance which is not effective and the cancer has become an integral part of many people’s lives. Nevertheless, the substance poses a threat to the environment and humanity, because it is highly toxic. While users can not quit smoking is a habit environmentalists and doctors have cried hoarse on this issue, “Dr. Avadhesh Dixit, Director, JK Cancer Hospital, said.

“Amla is good for the hair, reduces the couch and enhance the body’s resistance, while belifal a good remedy for diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, tanning and much more. However, the terms give the energy and power, mint and cardamom, are the mouth fresheners. All these products are combined to replace the masala, “said Suman Tiwari, a manufacturer and developer of Amrit and Oorja.

“High taxes on tobacco and its products are only a means to curb the sale of cigarettes paan masalaand. Money spent on treatment of cancer patients much more than what the government receives as income from tobacco and its products,” said Dr. AK Nigam, chief physician of the chief Ursula Horsman Hospital, which is the nodal officer for the “No Tobacco Day” in the city. The WHO study showed that tobacco use is highest in lower socio-economic groups. There about 600 ingredients in cigarettes. Burning cigarette creates over 4,000 chemicals. At least 50 of these substances are known to cause cancer and many of them are poisonous. Thus, smokers are harmful light of their loved ones as well.

Legislature OKs Medicaid cuts may not vote on the cigarette tax

The Illinois House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday passed pieces of repair Medicaid, including legislation reducing $ 1.6 billion from the program. Governor Pat Quinn commended the legislators, but they say that their work will not be finalized until they are at $ 1 per pack tax on cigarettes.

“Higher prices for cigarettes are also sound health policy. Smoking-related conditions, a significant burden on our system, Medicaid, and this measure will improve the health of our people and reduce future costs of Medicaid”, he said in a statement.

House voted 94-22 and the Senate voted 44-13 to accept a reduction in Senate Bill 2840, which range from the direct elimination of some programs – such as taking care of Illinois Rx, a prescription drug assistance programs for older people – to take additional measures to ensure that those who receiving assistance are eligible for it. The bill now heads to the table Quinn.

“There is nothing about this bill, somebody quite pleased,” said Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago. “This system was on the verge of collapse.” Quinn wants legislature to come up with $ 2.7 billion in a combination of Medicaid expenditures and a reduction in new revenue for fiscal 2013. Cuts approved Thursday are the result of months of negotiations, lawmakers from both parties. Nevertheless, a few days before the vote, some Republicans said the reductions do not go deep enough.

However, the minority leader in the House of Representatives Tom Cross, R-Oswego, called the Medicaid changes “very important”. “This is the beginning of a slow trip out of this deep hole,” Cross said.

Liquidation of Illinois Rx cares about will affect 180,000. In addition, the bill limits participation in the program with a family of up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Medicaid recipients will be limited to one pair of glasses every two years, and adults will not be able to receive chiropractic and Podiatric services.

About 36 medical fragile children, who tend to rely on the fans in their homes, lose the coverage of the bill, which limits Medicaid for these children in families with no more than $ 112,000 in family income. “There’s pain in this bill, but we try to minimize the pain,” said Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, who helped negotiate reductions. “This will allow us a much better path for the Medicaid program for years to come.”

Some lawmakers said the reductions will hurt minority Illinois residents in need. They said that the state instead should avoid interruptions of business or to expand sales tax state tax to come up with additional money for Medicaid.
“I do not know where he says (budget) must be balanced with the backs of the poor, from the back of the elders, from the back of the blind and disabled,” said Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago.

“I think it’s a moral disgrace. When we click a green light, we are pushing people to the grave?” Said Sen. James Meeks, D-Chicago. Some opponents warn that government spending may actually increase the strength of contractions. Under the measure on Thursday, Medicaid recipients would be limited to four prescriptions without prior approval from the state. This may cause some recipients to do without some of the drugs, which can lead to hospitalization.

Thousands of current recipients are expected to be removed from the Medicaid rolls, when the state makes aggressive efforts to ensure that everyone who receives assistance shall be entitled to it. That would produce $ 350 million savings, although the Department of Health and Family Services Director Julie Hamos said the figure is just an assumption. It is estimated that 300,000 people in the list that should not be.

House Springfield area delegation – Reps. Raymond By, R-Springfield, rich Brauer, R-Petersburg, Jim Watson, R-Jacksonville, Wayne Rosenthal, R-Morrisonville, and Jil Tracy, R-Mt. Sterling – all voted “yes.” State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, voted “no.” Central Illinois Sen. Larry Bomke-, R-Springfield, Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, Sam McCann, R-Carlinville, and John Sullivan, D-Rushville – all voted “yes.”

Legislative leaders divided the package into separate parts, with a carrot and stick in each bill, hoping to shepherd through the tough measures the General Assembly and to the table Quinn.
In addition, as part of the package, the House of Representatives and the Senate sent the Quinn bill that would allow Cook County to do more and more people in Medicaid through local and federal funds, not state funds. Voting in the House of Representatives on House Bill 5007 was 62-55, and 35-22 in the Senate.

Government regulation currently prohibits the expansion of Medicaid rolls. HB5007 creates a waiver that would allow Cook County to start registering people who will be eligible in 2014, when the health of President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan must be put in place. Refusal expires, if the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law of health.

In an effort to appease Republicans who came under fire from right-wing groups to consider is what helps to Obamacare, the Democrats have proposed another law, Senate Bill 3397 that would limit the number of unpaid bills Medicaid, the state can move from year to year. The state will be allowed only for $ 700 million in fiscal 2013 and $ 100 million in fiscal year 2014.

Poe, Brauer, Watson, Rosenthal, Tracy Mitchell, Bomke, McCann, Brady Sullivan and all voted “no” on HB5007. These three bills are related – if one fails or is not signed by the governor, others too will fail.

“The governor likes taxes on cigarettes,” Cross said. “The governor does not like what we call a section 25, which prevents it from passing bills with. That’s why you see some of these connections.” Another part of the package will combine $ 1 per pack tax increase and property and sales tax exemptions for hospitals, according to Danny Chun, a representative of Illinois Hospital Association. The account number for this part is expected in the Senate Bill 2194, but the language has not yet been filed.

Cross said he expects some members of the House Republican to vote for cigarette tax increases. Most believe that every bill in the package would have to collect support from Republicans and Democrats, as the solutions so unpleasant. “I think you’ll find a complete package of the passage,” said Cross, who said he opposes tax hikes on cigarettes. “There’s a number of people in our meetings that came to me and said, ‘you know what, I think we did a good job of reducing … I want to be able to support the cigarette tax. We have no assembly position. I said, “If this is how you feel, I can certainly respect that.”

The final part of the package, Senate Bill 3261, will include a requirement that hospitals provide free care for people with low incomes, if the treatment is medically necessary, said Chong. Hospitals in urban areas should provide such assistance to people with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $ 46,000 for a family of four. Rural hospitals must provide such assistance to people with incomes 125 percent of federal poverty level, which is $ 28,812 for a family of four.

Support for new tobacco California tax

Worldwide TV advertising campaign by tobacco companies substantially reduced in favor of tobacco tax initiative in less than two weeks before the election.

Voters back a proposal 29 to 53 percent to 42 percent, but that is a sharp drop with a much stronger support in the beginning of this year, according to a poll published on Wednesday, the Public Policy Institute of California. Only two months ago, two-thirds of likely voters said they would vote for higher taxes on cigarettes by $ 1 pack to support cancer research.

“A large drop in support for Proposition 29 speaks loudly about how well-funded opposition is able to raise voters’ doubts and distrust of state power, even when raising taxes is considered favorably,” said Mark Baldassare, president of the institute and chief executive officer. As a result, currently there is still doubt, the tobacco giants Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds, the U.S. is expected in the last days of the campaign to pour more money on top of $ 40 million, they have already contributed to stop the tax.

In the same poll, 63 percent of voters said they generally support the tax on tobacco products, but since there is no 29 campaign began running ads six weeks ago, she has focused mainly on the bureaucracy that will create a new fund, as well as the possibility that the revenues derived from tax – about $ 700 million a year – could be spent on the outside of the state research institutions. Take a look at Prop. 29, they are realizing that it is poorly written measure, which only has too many shortcomings, “said Joel Fox, president of the Small Business Action Committee and spokesman for 29 campaigns did not.

The survey showed strong support – 62 percent – as the sole state in the June 5 ballot, Proposition 28, which will reduce the amount of time legislators can serve from 14 to 12 years, although it would allow legislators to serve all 12 years in one house. Lawmakers are currently limited to six years in the Assembly and eight in the Senate.

And with the revised budget shows a $ 15.7 billion deficit, a tax increase initiative of Governor Jerry Brown in November, remained about the same – 56 percent support – both in the survey in April. Supporters of the tax on tobacco insisted on Wednesday that it is a feat that they are still leading, with the advantage of taking into account the money the two giants of Tobacco – Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds U.S. – lead to the opposition campaign.

“This suggests that voters can find out the truth,” said Chris Lehman, the proposal 29 in the campaign. Tobacco companies have invested $ 40 million in 29 is not the Treasury, compared with $ 11 million Yes on 29 campaign. There is 29 ad – the first major controversial area of Sacramento doctor gown to wear – almost single-handedly ran a few weeks before his supporters responded to ads. The American Cancer Society pony up $ 2.5 million this week Yes 29 campaign, as well as broadcast a new TV commercial on Tuesday night in Southern California markets during the TV series “Dancing with the Stars.” Ad mocks the “Big Tobacco” with actors, ostensibly in support of a cigarette.

The farmer declares its proximity to the major tobacco companies, “because they killed my wife, and that means one less mouth to feed.” Teenage class president, speaking at the scene, said that instead of wanting to become president, “I want to grow up and get lung cancer.” Ad will not run on television again, but a longer version of this posting is on a network, a campaign spokesman said. In addition to television advertising, not 29 campaigns relied on the mail flyers sent to the California Republican Party. $ 1.1 million effort – which includes the cost of production and distribution – is classified as in-kind contribution from the side, but it was made possible by $ 825,000 donation to the side of no 29 campaigns.

That raised the eyebrows of opponents who said it was yet another example of the tobacco companies to disguise its influence in the campaign. Although they have donated nearly all the money, not to 29 campaigns, tobacco companies have adopted a low profile that allows the anti-tax group to take the initiative. No 29 campaigns, it seems, skirted campaign finance law by giving money to the Republican Party to distribute leaflets, said Lance Olson, an attorney proponents of this measure.

“They could have sent it to you, but if they did, they would have to disclose their major sponsors,” said Olson. “Instead, they gave her the Republican Party, and as a result to avoid disclosure.” A spokesman for the opposition campaign, however, denied any attempt to mislead. “It’s all legal, fully disclosed, and it certainly was not disguised in any way,” said Beth Miller. “CRP went up to our campaign asking our help in communicating its position on this indicator. We would say in them.”

A new bill introduced by the tobacco tax

A new wrinkle appeared due to the tobacco tax scandal in Randolph County, with an open set of hearings on Tuesday in Montgomery, the second version of the bill address the allocation of funds from taxes on tobacco in Randolph County. This, like the one that has passed legislation only to be vetoed by Governor Robert Bentley, has been declared as required by law.

Georgia Arrington, local official committee of the legislation, said the interested parties on Friday morning that a public hearing on the new bill will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 10:00 in room 622 at the Statehouse Alabama.

 It will be for the newly introduced bill, HB785, by Rep. Richard Laird, (D-Roanoke). Laird did not respond to repeated phone calls Friday. The bill was the same as the governor vetoed, but with a different formula for the distribution of funds.

Governor Robert Bentley vetoed all three local unpopular bills relating to the distribution of tobacco taxes in Randolph, Chambers and Clay County on Thursday. The bills were designed Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, and touted Congressman Laird and the Republic of DuWayne Bridges, R-Valley.

A spokesman from the governor, Jeremy King, said: “There were discrepancies between what is published about these accounts and the essence of what actually took place. Governor Bentley has been concern about the discrepancies and vetoed the bills.”

Senator set, in between meetings on Friday, questioned whether the governor vetoed the bill. “I met with the Governor today at 11:30. He said that he would not veto them. I have not heard anything else from him. He’s a good man, Christian, Sunday school teacher, and he said to the 30 school children, Richard and I, he did not veto them, “Dial said.

“I think someone in the governor’s office made a mistake,” Dial said. He said that the decision on Tuesday, when he returned to Montgomery. In response, King said that the veto was not a mistake, and the governor’s office expects that the veto will stand.

The senator said that his priority is set now works for the redistribution of the special session, which is set for 14-18 May. He is chairman of the committee, and there are many details to work, he said. According to the group against the bill, Rep. Laird HB-785 is worse than a bill that was vetoed.

Randolph County bipartisan coalitions, and institutions and organizations against the bill referred to call themselves, according to a press release that they predicted the senator and congressman set Laird will not give up his $ 750,000 “slush fund” without a fight – even after the governor’s veto Bentley.

The coalition immediately asked for a public hearing on the new bill, which was granted a house of local legislation, Deputy Chairman of the committee, Rep. Alan Baker (R-Brewton). Coalition members said they were “very much appreciates the Governor Robert Bentley, recognizing that the Dial-Laird account tobacco taxes have been very bad for the citizens of Randolph and neighboring countries and the entire state of Alabama.

“The fact that the Governor listened to the Bentley people, when our local legislators have refused to do so, certainly helped to restore our faith that the government should be for the people and the people,” said Todd Freeman and David Meddick, chairmen of the Republican Party of Randolph County and Randolph County Democratic Party, in a rare joint statement.

Randolph County Republican and Democratic party chairs are among those who opposed the reallocation of these tobacco tax bills that will take cash and local control of local agencies at the present time they are received and put money in the fund, a grant under the exclusive control of and Unregulated set, Laird, and bridges.

Local attorney Kesa Johnston Dunn, who takes an active part in opposing the changes, elevated, although she warns it is not yet finished. She notes that a simple majority of the legislative veto can overcome the governor, and she doubts the motivation of the introduction of even more stringent version of the bill after the first was vetoed.

She urged people to the governor know that they appreciate his courage in vetoing the bill, and thank him. Call 334-242-7100 for the governor and ask for Tyler vice component of the service, she said. Freeman said he was pleased that the Governor listened to what people are saying when they could not get the “audience” with lawmakers.

SB486, a bill that was vetoed, called for the elimination of funding currently going to the water Randolph County, sewer and power to fire safety, reduced to 24 percent of the amount will be Randolph County Industrial Development Board for the job no more than 20 percent may be for personnel costs, and using 10 percent of the total tobacco tax to create a government grant under the exclusive control of recruitment and Laird, even if the bill, which has been declared the leader Randolph called for the Office of Community Service District, and grant of power, which appeared in the final account.

HB785, the bill introduces Laird after the Governor’s veto, as well as calls for a Community Service Office area, and also eliminates funding for the water district office. Instead of 24 percent of the total going to the industrial development board, however, Bill Laird reduces this to 15 percent, and specify no more than 20 percent may be used for staff costs. 10 percent of the grant for the newly established government / district office is now dead, SB486 increases to 19 percent in Laird HB785.

(Bridges is part of the chambers.) Set, which the majority whips in the Senate, does not have these countries, as well as part or all of Cherokee, Cleburne and Lee counties. Against Randolph County Randolph County bills the Democratic and Republican parties, Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, Randolph County Economic Development Authority and the Water Randolph County, sanitation and fire protection authorities.