Thousands of state employees could be laid off, from Highway Patrol troopers to school workers, and public services might have to be reduced under a Senate-backed spending proposal for next fiscal year, Mississippi House leaders say.
The Communities for a Clean Bill of Health (CCBH) applauds legislators for enacting a significant cigarette tax increase and the Governor for signing the bill into law. The 50 cent increase will go into effect on Friday, May 15.
the Senate and House took up HB 364 and both chambers passed a 68 cent cigarette tax that will provide much needed revenue for the state while leading to a reduction in youth smoking and general consumption.
Mississippi’s Legislature has approved the first cigarette tax hike in two decades, voting to raise the tax by 50 cents a pack in a bid to reap millions of dollars in new budget revenues amid the nation’s economic slump.
The Conferees Agreement on Cigarette Tax Is a Step in the Right Direction. We Need Your Help To Make the 68 Cent Cigarette Tax a Reality. Call Your Legislator Today!
“We’re making an investment in healthy children, healthy lifestyles for Mississippians and we’re getting much needed revenue for the economy,” said Roy Mitchell, Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.