Vice Squad
Thursday, January 11, 2007
First reactions

About a week ago Jim had a post on cigarette taxes, where he asked his students about the effects of raising the tax by 50 cents per pack. Curiously, one of the first answers that came to my mind was not on Jim's list of expected (or, apparently, received) answers. I immediately thought of what would happen to state revenues from the tax. I guess it takes a person who has done tax policy consulting for many years to think first of the effect of tax on state revenue and only later about other consequences. I wonder if, when offered a drink, a person who has written a book on vice thinks first about the history of prohibition, "external" drunk driving deaths, etc.

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