Gov. Beshear Proposes Raising Kentucky Tax on Cigarettes

Kentucky's governor wants to raise the cigarette tax.
Kentucky's governor wants to raise the cigarette tax. It's part of his new budget proposal for 2014.

Currently the state tax on a cigarettes is 60 cents per pack. But Governor Steve Beshear wants to raise that to $1 per pack.

This is part of the governors tax reform proposal that is estimated to generate $210 million per year in annual state revenue.

If it passes, it may save more for the state, but one store owner think it will hurt big tobacco businesses.

"It's going to hurt the big cigarette companies more than it will the cigarette shops," said Marina Pointe Tobacco Owner Brittney Thompson. "Customers are looking for a deal nowadays, and they will just leave the big companies and go to cheaper."

The head of the House Budget Committee says he will sponsor a bill including the governor's tax plan.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo questions whether the bill tax plan will have enough time to make it through the General Assembly.
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