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GOP support for cig tax



Two key Pasco lawmakers signaled their backing for a higher sales tax on cigarettes during this morning's Pasco legislative delegation meeting. They were responding to a plea from County Commissioner Pat Mulieri, who sits on the local board of the American Cancer Society.

"I'm fully in support of the cigarette tax," Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Dunedin, said to applause. "I'm going to be pushing to have a cigarette tax."

"And believe it or not, I am going to be supporting Rep. Anderson," said Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey and second in command in the senate.

Audience members cheered and waved "It's okay to pass the buck" signs.

Jeff Solochek

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:14pm]


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