Patrick Proposes Sin Taxes For State [POLL]

A tax on cigarettes, junk food, aim to raise money for state and make residents healthier.


Under a proposal by Gov. Deval Patrick, "sin taxes" on cigarettes will increase and new sales taxes on candy and soda will be put into place. 

Patrick is proposing the increase as a way to raise $260 million in new revenues for the state budget, according to an Associated Press article on Wednesday. 

Under the plan, the cigarette tax will be increased from $2.51 per pack to $3.01 per pack - an increase of 50 cents.

The plan will also ask to impose the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on candy and soda — both items are currently exempt from the tax — and expand the state’s bottle deposit law to include bottled water, sports drinks and other beverages, the Associated Press reported. 

The plan would also double the taxes paid on other tobacco products such as cigars and smokeless tobacco. The tobacco tax hike was expected to raise $73 million, officials told the Associated Press, with the money earmarked to help offset the cost of a recent decision by the state’s highest court that cleared the way for thousands of legal immigrants to join Commonwealth Care, the state’s subsidized health insurance program.

Along with boosting revenues, administration officials said higher taxes on tobacco and junk food might also help make people healthier.

Vivian Merrill January 27, 2012 at 06:24 PM
me too, Dan. So how are we going to do it? This stuff has been happening for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years. Do we stage a protest? No one takes those seriously anymore-look what happened with the Occupy movements and Tea Party. We tried going to war, that hasn't helped the economy, and a lot of people got hurt. Most of our factories got turned into housing (not affordable housing, just housing). The farmers are starting to fight back, but it ain't been easy with companies like Monsanto calling the shots, because we have to feed all those people. So, how do we take our lives back? Ask any (rich) politician, he'll tell you he's worked damn hard for his money, and the rest of us should be more supportive of those less fortunate than us, because of all those programs....where was that money supposed to go? It's a vicious circle...
Dan January 27, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Don't know Vivian...Your right as far as getting people together to support a cause. Check out the town meetings...Just because it happens doesn't mean you can't use a forum to get it off your chest!!!Most people in this state just sit back and take it, and wonder why nothing changes. Moan and groan but do nothing about it..I try atleast by writing in to the paper Lowell Sun, or this application. I call my Rep and Senator, and show up to vent at thier meetings. Mr Miceli and Mr Finegold are atleast receptive and listen and seem to try and get things done, but other than sticking my head out the window and shouting I'm Mad as Hell and Not going to take it anymore, I'm just as mystified as you are. I would have thought after the last election things were going to change and people were fed up, but the same old same old got in, and here we are talking about taxes again...You would think it would reach a point when people would have enough, but not there yet I guess. Don't see it getting any better soon.
mike t January 28, 2012 at 04:54 PM
It's funny how people complain about Deval's proposals when the people voted to keep him in office. Massachusetts you've made your bed now lie in it!
Joe Veno January 28, 2012 at 07:51 PM
mike t. Lets get one thing straight, Not ALL the people in Mass voted for him !!!
Tom Maggiacomo January 29, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Bob, I hope you're joking!


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