Bluegrass Beacon: Tobacco-tax advocates suffer from policy schizophrenia

Paducah Sun executive editor Steve Wilson’s recent missive in favor of raising Kentucky’s cigarette tax by a Cuban cigar-sized 40 percent was in response to my recent column calling on policymakers to leave “any and all” tobacco-tax increases out of Frankfort’s tax-reform conversation altogether and instead focus on pro-growth opportunities. Wilson offers arguments filled with…

Bluegrass Beacon: Beshear’s timid proposal versus Tar Heels’ tax-cutting tenacity

Raising the specter of hiking cigarette taxes is – for cash-starved politicians, big-government health nannies and their opinion-page enablers – the policy equivalent of ringing Pavlov’s bell. Seeing “cash trays” rather than ashtrays, these big spenders experience racing heartbeats and sweaty palms while dreaming of raking in millions more into government coffers for pet projects.…

USA Today Publishes BIPPS: Opposing Cigarette Tax Increases

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters was asked to provide the Opposing View for Thursday’s lead editorial in USA Today. He makes the case against raising cigarette taxes to reduce smoking rates. “Education, making smoking less culturally acceptable and appealing to citizens’ personal responsibility have been effective in reducing smoking, particularly among the young,” he writes.…