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Minnesota Lawmaker Proposes Cigar Sin Tax Cut

In Minnesota, State Rep. Jim Nash (R-Waconia) introduced a bill to reduce the state’s excise tax on cigars by up to $3, lowering the tax to $0.50 per unit. Currently, a 95 percent tax is added to the price of cigars, increasing the price by $3.50. Nash’s bill would lowering Minnesota’s cigar tax rate, equalizing the state’s tax rate with the rate applied in Wisconsin. As reported by KARE-TV 11, cigar shop owner Mark Wolk says small businesses like his are good members of their communities. “We...

Haley Rejects Gas Tax Hike Proposal

Following up on her promise to reject any gasoline tax increases without offsetting decreases in the state’s income tax rate, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) announced her plan to veto House Bill 3579 and Senate Bill 523.  As reported by the Charleston Regional Business Journal, “the House Ways and Means committee recently passed a proposal to raise the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon while the Senate proposal suggests a 12-cent increase.” In January, Haley announced her conditional support for a gas...

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