Two Tobacco Increases?

This may be an unimportant question since voters have rejected all tobacco tax increases in the past, but two reporters look at what would happen if both the constitutional initiative petition (Raise Your Hands), and statutory initiative petition (convenience stores) pass in November.

KC Star’s Jason Hancock writes, “If both the early childhood and transportation tobacco tax increases are passed by the voters, both would go into effect. Missourians rejected tobacco tax increases in 2002, 2006 and 2012….”  See it here.

But the mighty Jason Rosenbaum writes that, “a spokeswoman for Kander said if both initiatives pass, it would be up to the courts to decide which one would go into effect…”  See it here.

Who’s right?  Well, maybe both?  They would both go into effect, and then surely lawyers for cigarette companies would start litigation, at which point who knows where it would end up…



Originally in August 11 MOScout.