Louisville Courier Journal columnist Joe Gerth quotes Kentucky’s House Democrats saying something nonsensical:
“After he had requested a budget that included no tax increases, members of the House leadership went to Gov. Steve Beshear and told them that they could pass a budget that helped the state’s economic problems by raising the state cigarette tax by 25 cents per pack.”
Someone is confused.
Which House Dems really think that a cigarette tax increase will “help the state’s economic problems?” How would that work?
Or did Gerth get his wires crossed?
If you’re keeping score at home, the proposed cigarette tax increases are supposed to cause people to quit smoking while simultaneously raising revenue for state appropriators. Then the bonus revenues are supposed to fund bureaucracies for education and fill funding gaps in the state employee benefits plans.
With such a dizzying array of skills for one little old tax increase, it’s almost hard to remember there is a positive impact in refraining from taxing additional funds away from consumers.
Perhaps that’s the point.
Those who would save the state with a tax increase should have to settle on one story and explain how it would really benefit anyone.