Thursday, September 02, 2004
One Vice Issue Makes the Montana Ballot
Yesterday Vice Squad noted that the attempt to improve the moral environment in Montana via a ballot initiative to restrict sex-oriented businesses did not survive a court challenge. But another ballot measure, one to increase tobacco taxes, will go ahead, following a District court ruling on Tuesday:
Initiative 149, known as the tobacco tax ballot initiative, seeks to increase statewide tobacco taxes by 140 percent. Cigarette taxes would jump $1 a pack, from 70 cents to $1.70. The tax on snuff would increase from 35 cents to 85 cents an ounce and taxes on other tobacco products would increase from 25 percent to 50 percent of wholesale price.