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Governor Rell is proposing a big tax hike on alcohol and cigarettes – she says it’s a tax you can avoid, because you “Don’t have to drink, and you don’t have to smoke.”
Today we’ll explore these “sin taxes”, in practice around the country. In many states the taxes do bring in money, reduce the number of smokers, and improve health among the most vulnerable.
Critics say sin taxes are regressive, discriminatory, and claim they open the door to broader government intervention. And, the states of New Jersey and New York have actually lost revenue due to increased cigarette taxes. Elon law professor Andrew Haile joins us to talk about the conflict of interest states find themselves in - between protecting citizens' health and depending on revenue of continued sales of harmful products. We’ll also hear from Governor Rell’s budget chief Bob Genaurio.
Join the conversation about Sin Taxes - Are they a way to curb unhealthy choices? Are they bad for small business? And, are they a stable revenue source?