Monday, April 6, 2009

Day 3: Cigarette Tax

(Madison)…State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield), as part of his April tax Awareness campaign to raise the profile of Governor Doyle’s and the Democrat’s tax and spend proposals, today focused on the increases on cigarette taxes in the 2009-2011 biennial budget.

“Governor Doyle clearly believes that Wisconsin smokers are an easy target,” said Kanavas. “Like it or not, lots of our friends and neighbors are cigarette smokers. Increasing the tax on their cigarettes may seem politically clever, but it’s just another tax increase at a time when people are already struggling.”

The 2009-2001 budget includes a $0.75 per pack increase on cigarettes. The current state tax on cigarettes is $1.77. The governor’s budget proposal would elevate that figure to $2.52, resulting in a projected tax assessment of $153 million on Wisconsinites in 2009-2010. The Democrats’ tax hike plan goes even further, levying higher taxes on other tobacco products, as well.

“This new tax increase and the proposed statewide smoking ban are two separate issues. Only one has something to do with a debate about quality of life. The other is just a blatant tax grab,” said Kanavas.

This release is part of Senator Kanavas’ April Tax Awareness Campaign designed to educate Wisconsinites about the $1.7 billion of in new taxes and fees contained in the Democrat’s 2009-2011 budget.

To learn more about Senator Kanavas’ April tax awareness campaign, Senator Kanavas’ initiatives and the 33rd Senate District please visit his website at:


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