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David Johnson, a member of the North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council, unloads boxes filled with petition signatures for the tobacco tax initiative measure at the Secretary of State's office in the state Capitol Thursday morning in Bismarck. On the left is Kristie Wolff, with the American Lung Association in North Dakota and representing the Raise It for Health North Dakota group, is helped by LeAnn Oliver with the Secretary of State's office. Bismarck Tribune photo.

Tying Funding for Veterans and the Mentally Ill to Tobacco Tax Revenues Is Counterproductive and Hypocritical Policy

Tying Funding for Veterans and the Mentally Ill to Tobacco Tax Revenues Is Counterproductive and Hypocritical Policy

A 400 percent increase in North Dakota’s tax on cigarettes (and a big hike on other tobacco products, which are defined by the measure to include vaping) has been placed on the November ballot by a coalition of busybodies calling themselves Raise It For Health. A group that, curiously, has reported zero contributions or expenditures

Legislature Kills Another Tobacco Tax Hike, Will It Go To The Ballot?

The state Senate killed another tobacco tax hike today. This time it was SB2322, introduced by Senator Tim Mathern (D-Fargo). Like Rep. Jon Nelson’s bill in the House, which failed by a wide margin last week, Mathern’s bill also flopped. The vote was 17-30 against. Had Mathern’s bill passed it would have raised the per-pack tax on

Lesson For North Dakota: Tobacco Smuggling Spikes In Minnesota After Tax Hike

Last week I wrote a post about proposed tobacco tax hikes being considered by lawmakers in Bismarck. I cited research by the Mackinac Center which indicated that higher taxes result in higher rates in smuggling, and that raising the tobacco taxes here in North Dakota would almost certainly create a dilemma for those tasked with enforcing

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