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Monday, April 05, 2010

Senator Christensen on the tobacco tax:

AP story in today's Standard Examiner:

For Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, who sponsored the bill and shepherded it through the state Legislature, it was always about personal health, not budget balancing.

"I never did care about the money, but in the end enough people did care about the money that kind of pushed it over the top," Christensen said. "I feel very strongly that I hate to impact a private business but it is their choice that they are selling this drug."

The tax, which covers cigarettes and chewing tobacco as well as cigars and pipe tobacco, is estimated to bring in roughly $44 million to the state for each of the next two fiscal years.

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