Despite this, the Florida Senate recently passed its version of the budget which included a $2 billion tobacco tax increase, in the middle of a recession no less. Furthermore, this burden would be borne by Floridians who can least afford it.To make matters worse, President Obama recently signed into law a new 61-cent hike in the federal cigarette tax, breaking one of his central campaign promises in the process.
However, the Florida House has done the right thing and left the Senate’s cash grab out of their budget. ATR sent a letter today to all members of the Florida House of Representatives urging them to hold the line against the Senate tax hikes when this debate goes to conference.
For a pdf copy of ATR’s letter, Click Here.