OLYMPIA -- Smokers should expect to pay another $1 for a pack of cigarettes soon.
The Senate just passed a tax hike for cigarettes as the Legislature moves towards adjournment. It would raise an estimated $100 million in new tax revenue, an amount that's being factored into the new taxes Democrats are raising to come with $800 million in new revenue as part of the "balanced solution" to the state's $2.8 billion budget hole.
The House has already passed higher cigarette taxes.
The Senate vote was 28-17. To see the roll call, go inside the blog.
|Cigarette & tobacco taxation|
|Senate vote on 3rd Reading & Final Passage as Amended by the Senate|
|Yeas: 28 Nays: 17 Absent: 0 Excused: 4|
Voting Yea: Senators Berkey, Brown, Eide, Fairley, Franklin, Fraser, Gordon, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hobbs, Jacobsen, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McDermott, Murray, Oemig, Prentice, Ranker, Regala, Rockefeller, and Tom
Voting Nay: Senators Becker, Benton, Brandland, Carrell, Hewitt, Honeyford, King, Morton, Parlette, Pflug, Pridemore, Roach, Schoesler, Sheldon, Shin, Swecker, and Zarelli
Excused: Senators Delvin, Holmquist, McCaslin, and Stevens