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Edit: Cig Tax Hike Doomed From Start 

On Monday, public health groups had their shot at convincing lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax. And they were doomed from the start. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted 11-5 to kill the proposal before it was even formally printed. This committee — which,...

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Boise Rdp: Harwood Thanks Smokers 

Update: The House Rev & Tax Committee has voted 11-5 against introducing or allowing a full hearing on the bill to increase Idaho's cigarette tax. Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, said, “The smokers, I want to thank them for this building we're in,” noting that...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Higher Cig Tax Faces Tobacco Lobby 

StateImpact notes that Idaho Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, plans to propose legislation to raise the state tax on cigarettes from $1.25 per pack from 57 cents to $1.82. Similar legislation was considered last year. The key paragraph in the story is this: "Interest groups on...

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Edit: Cigarette Tax Deserves Hearing 

In a year dominated by the budget, it’s hard to see why the Legislature would deny Democrats the chance to at least tout their reasons to support an increase in the cigarette tax. Several minority party members in the Statehouse want to increase the cigarette...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.