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If you could beleive the money would not be stolen for other things .
How can we vote for more taxes they can not manage what they already have.
JUST send out another fee , for being dumb enough to smoke .
Another lie. A 'for the kids' tax that will be siphoned off for some other purpose...perhaps the train to nowhere.
Tobacco doesn't cause cancer. The additives and pesticides in cigarettes do.
If the goal is to reduce smoking related disease and death, then ban the additives and pesticides. But that's not gonna happen because it's all about money, not about safety, health or justice.
Just a small fraction has gone to tobacco-prevention and education.
The bulk has been diverted to other programs including money to the children of illegal's. This is government lie and tapping smokers pockets.
Money, money, money that's all they care about.
How in the world are cigarettes responsible for paying student aid funding? Why don't they just tax a gallon of milk or loaf of bread they would make a lot more money, absolutely ludicrous. Besides the state has already tacked on extra tax to cigs a couple times before!
Why not charge $10 "fee" on a pack of cigarettes? We could raise trillions for our outstanding university system.
Are you kidding me? Everything is for the KIDS.Dems have spent our kids into poverty!!!! Now they want to raise taxes on tobacco.I see now they have to backfill lost revenue because they have lost revenue by people quiting tobacco.They want more money to fight tobacco prevention, what happens when more people quit?They run out of money. They will need a new tax to fund the money they spend.I HAVE NO MORE MONEY FOR THEM TO TAKE!!!!! I'm cutting my budget but they don't. How many kids graduating college get a job they went to school for? I guess not many because unemployment is very high. Dems need to learn not to use kids as pawns!!!!GOD HELP THIS STATE AND COUNTRY!!!
Need more info.....Would that mean someone is collecting interest on a loan made by funds from a tax? Or, are these going to be like grants that do not get paid back?
How about taxing BEER!! They want to tax for schools but it never gets to the schools....We are all paying for schools and still there not getting the education!! Find simething else to tax!!
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
Give a man a welfare check, a free cell phone with unlimited free minutes, cash for his clunker, food stamps, HUDD, free contraceptives, Obamacare (untill you are older), lifetime unemployment couple with welfaire, a forty ounce malt liquor, free drugs, free tv, free drugs like marijuana and he will vote Democrat for life (if he can use that bycicle he stole)....
while telling mommy or daddy...
in his fifties:)
Another cigarette tax in the name of helping schools? Glad I don't sheeple anymore!!!!
I bet people will vote for this because it will tax a minority of people. Put the same ballot up for signatures except the taxes on food or gas and see what you get. I guess there is some rational for a tax for anti smoking commercials but student aid? Why not spend the money on something like equestrian training.
I dont smoke and never have. And I am not for this Tax. Way, way to many taxes already out there.
im so tired of this kind of stuff. i dont smoke but for those who do, why should they pay the price for student aid. enough with the hand outs. if a person wants something bad enough they will work hard enough to get it..
not to mention the aid will go to illegals from india or some other country. if your white and born in america and your parents pay taxes it puts u in the back of the line for any aid. my younger boys will be indian or asian when they start applying. lol
"...backfilling losses to existing tobacco programs." I wonder what that means.
here we go..tax for this tax for that.fee for this and a fee for that. what group is going to be targeted next? my big question is how much of this revenue is going to be taken for "adminstrative" costs? i could see the money going for medical research, for alzheimers, cancer, muscular distrophy, etc, but not to fund colleges and universities, especially when they are overpriced and overpaid to begin with,and they do teach their own brand of political beleifs. no doubt the biggest share of this money will go to minorities looking for a free ride. for the record i am an ex smoker.
I'm always against adding more taxes to cigarettes. Yes I'm a smoker and a Veteran', I defended you right to speak out. What bothers me is we send young men to theaters of war/conflict and cigarettes are cheap. We get them addicted and they come home wounded or with PTSD some become homeless and they can't afford the addiction we created. The VA should be writing prescriptions for them! Would you rather have your defenders on Valium in the trenches? I doubt that you will see a all volunteer military that is non-smoking. It's a wake up call for all the non-smoking radicals! Many of them ex-smokers by the way.
Lets be real here for a moment, does anyone actually believe that the tax dollars collected from this program will actually reach students?
Also, I'm a big fan of education, but am I now supposed to wish for more smokers so more money is funneled into the education system? If I push for any smoking campaigns am I "hater" of education because I can be connected to pushing the education tax lower?
This money will be earmarked for education and will end up paying for entitlement programs for people who are not legally in CA.
Leaperman621...I love it! And agree.
V.T.C. Correct me if I'm wrong but is'nt it harmful to breathe any kind of smoke.....DUH!
Amazing what people really think. Caveman mentality. I wonder how our society has every survived?
One of the first things Obama did was triple the tax on rolling papers and tobacco, forcing many to go back to regular cigaretts. Rolling tobacco has less additives, goes out when not puffed on and did cost users way less. Obama did cigarette manufactures ( big campaign contributors ) a huge favor.
Just a thought, Why did we ( Our founding Fathers ) leave the tyranny of English rule in the first place ? Here we are in the same boat again but we have nowhere to go. Time to take back what is Ours. Tyranny is upon us. If you refuse to pay your taxes what happens to you ?
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