Buying Cigarettes
I came - I saw - I bought

Legislature May Override Governor's Cigarette Tax Veto

Governor Bobby Jindal said he would veto the renewal of a 4-cent tax on cigarette packs this Tuesday, even through a majority of both Republicans and Democrats in the Louisiana Legislature support the tax, according to the Associated Press.

Conservatives are complaining that Jindal is hurting the states budget - saying he's propping up the budget with short-term fixes with long-term consequences, such as his plan to sell three state prisons, according to the Times-Picayune. The 4-cent-a-pack tax, if left renewed, would cost the already-suffering state budget some $12 million, according to the Times-Picayune.

"The budget did not come to us balanced," House Speaker Jim Tucker told the Times-Picayune. "We had no choice but to make additional cuts to be prudent and conservative."

Due to this, it caused the Legislature to seek more expensive budget cuts than Jindal had originally hoped for.

If Jindal's veto is overridden, he would be the first governor to be overruled since Edwin Edwards in 1993, and the third overridden veto in Louisiana history.

Though the Governor himself had little to say to the media on the renewal of the cigarette tax, he did tell WDSU that he "equates the renewal to a tax increase."

In additon to the Legislature, the media is starting to question Jindal's decisions, such as James Gill of the Times-Picayune.

"Cutting cigarettes taxes while taking the ax, say, to higher education is not an approach likely to earn plaudits from the electorate," said Gill.

Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bond Capri Chesterfield Dubliss Epique Muratti Next Virginia Slims