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Will Raising North Dakota's Tobacco Tax Decrease Use, Or Increase Smuggling?

Will Raising North Dakota's Tobacco Tax Decrease Use, Or Increase Smuggling?

“North Dakota needs to do everything it can to prevent more people from smoking and to encourage smokers to quit,” opines the Bismarck Tribune in an editorial today which is generally supportive of legislation to increase the state’s tobacco taxes. One might quibble with the idea that government ought to be using the tax code to manipulate people

A Tobacco Tax Hike More Likely To Inspire Smuggling Than Quitting

Grand Forks Rep. Eliot Glassheim has introduced a bill, HB1387, which would represent a massive 127% tax hike on cigarette sales. The excise tax would go from $0.44/pack to $1.00/pack. Glassheim says that he expects the tax hike to raise $59 million in new revenue for the state, but that his goal isn’t so much

Employees In Right-To-Work States Make 4% More

The unions and those opposed to right-to-work laws generally are fond of claiming that incomes in right-to-work states are lower. Thus, they claim that right to work laws make people poorer. They’re right if you just look at the numbers superficially. Incomes tend to be lower in right to work states. The problem is that

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