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Kriseman sees revenue in cigarette tax



Democratic State Rep. Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg called on closing "antiquated tax exemptions" as a way to rescue the Florida economy in a news release today. He said lifting the exemption on the purchase of bottled water could generate nearly $50-million annually in new revenue.

"Other, even sillier, exemptions exist," Kriseman wrote.

Kriseman also championed a bill he's co-sponsoring that "places a fee of $1 on all packs of cigarettes." Increasing the cigarette tax is something Gov. Charlie Crist has considered, but he pulled back late last month after facing industry resistance.

"It is encouraging that the governor has expressed interest in this bill," Kriseman said in his statement. "Leadership in the House and Senate should follow suit."

Will Van Sant, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:42am]


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