Can someone ‘splain this to me?

This morning NPR ran a short feature on a proposed cigarette tax increase that will be decided on by state voters tomorrow. NPR reports that Missouri has the lowest state cigarette tax in the country at 17 cents per pack. An Illinois shopper, named Deb Sarenson (sp), who was stocking up on cheap Missouri smokes, told NPR this, “It’s ridiculous! Why are they raising taxes when they need to be cutting all the ridiculous spending they are doing?” (never mind that “they” would be the citizens of Missouri, not legislators).

Is she saying spending money on cigarettes is a good idea?


About Katherine Helms Cummings

During the day I am a social and environmental activist whose professional work has been in the nonprofit world for the last 12 years. Most nights and weekends I am an artisan making accessories with upcycled cashmere and woven textiles. My handmade items are available at The Sassy Gal
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