Figures from the state Tax Commission estimate an 82-cent per pack hike in the cigarette tax would generate more than $200 million annually. Some say that is overly optimistic. It may be, but there is no debate about the fact an 82-cent increase would generate much more than the $45 million needed for the House plan to fund the Medicaid deficit.
Under this request for proposals, the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program is inviting the participation of community-based organizations that currently work with underserved populations who directly and indirectly have a stake in the issue of healthy mothers and improved birth outcomes.
Thank you for your support of this bill, including your calls and emails. It was only with your help that this bill was able to pass by such a large margin.We now need your help in the senate this weekend.
Please call the listed Representatives below and tell him/her to vote Yes on House Bill 364 for the $1 cigarette tax. You call also send preloaded messages to all members of the House of Representatives as well as send a letter to the editor of your local paper.
MHAP is touring the state now sharing the video with the public. It contains testimonials of random people from around the state and their thoughts on a proposal to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.
Watch the Video of Community Dialogues on Medicaid and the Cigarette Tax