Kansas smokers unhappy with proposal for cigarette tax hike

April 26, 2015 4:18 PM

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Kansas smokers are upset about plans to sharply increase the cigarette tax to help fill a budget hole created by Gov. Sam Brownback's income tax cuts and say they will take their business to Missouri or Oklahoma if the tax hike passes.

Brownback has proposed boosting the tax on cigarettes from 79 cents a pack to $2.29 to address a deficit of about $422 million. The proposal isn't popular among some lawmakers, especially those who live on the border with Missouri, which has the nation's lowest cigarette tax, at 17 cents.

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