12 states cashing in on sin

Taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and racetrack betting bring in an unseemly amount of revenue for these states.

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Jul 18, 2013 11:36PM
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i don't smoke, never smoked and don't plan on smoking. No matter how I feel about smoking I don't believe anyone should force their views on his neighbor and that includes the government forcing its viewpoint on others too, either by direct order or indirectly by a bully tax. Why? Because that is a form of fascism and fascism has no place in a free society.
Jul 19, 2013 8:53AM
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One tax to pay for a flood in 1936 still being collected and several attempted on electronic cigarettes which were only invented because the taxes on real cigarettes are so high people had to find a safer and cheaper alternative. They claim to impose such high tax rates on cigarettes to discourage smoking then tax anything that helps people quit. Greedy hypocrites.
Jul 18, 2013 10:21PM
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Tax toilet paper and everyone will pay out the a$$?
Jul 19, 2013 2:22AM
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I hope they start taxing "Weed" at the same rate, make prostitution legal so it can be taxed too.
Jul 18, 2013 11:10PM
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Since when are tobacco, alcohol, and gambling SINS?
Jul 18, 2013 11:51PM
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Stand your ground against the government!
Jul 18, 2013 11:28PM
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We are allowing this BS lets vote them out.
Jul 19, 2013 9:02AM
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again and again there is no tax problem its a spending problem.....
Jul 19, 2013 12:28AM
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Maryland tax extra on cigarettes, told it people the money was to go to the school for extra money above what the year budget didn't cover. It end up in the state budget but the school still haven't any extra money yet. It was just lie and a new tax revenue for Maryland. I think it all went for governor statue.
Jul 19, 2013 10:25AM
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Pay a tax get the product for $.01 Daaaah When the tax is more than the cost of the product it is no longer a tax. It's paying for the privilege to buy it. No way should the tax be more than the product cost and should be outlawed
Jul 18, 2013 10:31PM
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And our forefathers had a tea party and an actual revolt from British rule so we could improve the taxation of the masses?
Jul 18, 2013 7:59PM
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the state/govt cant squander money if they don't increase or find something new to tax u on  !!!!
Jul 18, 2013 9:00PM
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Sin taxes making up such a large bulk of income for these states show other problems.

1)  Normal Businesses and products aren't being taxed enough or properly, this probably should be directed more to big business and the loop holes they get at the state or local level.
2)  The desperation of the individuals funding these gains.  You turn to smoking, gambling, and drinking when everything else in your life is going to crap.

In the silly part of this article, increasing taxes on E-cigs which people are using to improve their health and quit smoking, are you kidding me?  Talk about doubling down on stupid.  Or is emphysema, asthma and cancer, as well as paying for those conditions considered State boons?

Also no matter how much the state gets from these taxes, they are still never enough.

Jul 19, 2013 10:41AM
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Let"s legalize marijuana,tax it, help the economy,and bring in billions. Helpe people with there pain, and cure cancer!
Jul 19, 2013 1:26PM
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I live in Maryland and drive to Virginia to buy my cigarettes, beer, and gas for my car. I save $35.00 on a carton of cigarettes, about $.17 on a gallon of gas, and about $.97 on a six pack of beer. I also see alot on maryland license plates at the station where I get my stuff from. People say that it cost me money to drive to VA. WRONG! It is only 8 miles one way. I save on gas alone. Also I get the satisfaction of tell our lousy, incompetent governor to shove it where the sun doesn't shine and rob him of money for his slush fund.
Jul 19, 2013 11:26AM
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Personally I think everything the U.S. pays for should be funded like the damn post system is, they either find their own revenue or they don't exist. Simple as that.. you want a program then pay out of pocket to use it. **** the free stuff.
Jul 19, 2013 10:42AM
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FUNNY MOSTLY LIBERAL STATES WHO ARE RUN BY DEMOS AND PROGRESSIVES WHO

ARE FOR GAY MARRIAGE AND ABORTIONS AND DRUGS AND PUSH THIS WELFARE LAZY

SOCIETY AND ANTI GOD MESSAGE AND HAVE NO MORALS OR GUILT OR SHAME! THE

DEMOS STAY IN POWER BECAUSE OF THIS ANTI AMERICAN RACIST AGENDA AND ALL IT

DOES IS KEEP MORE PEOPLE IN POVERTY LIVING OFF GOVT WHILE THEY GET RICHER

AND STAY IN POWER LIKE EVERY OTHER FAILED SOCIALIST COUNTRY!

Jul 19, 2013 6:47AM
Jul 19, 2013 9:41AM
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BORN IN SIN, COME ON IN ! - Steven King - 'Storm of the Century'
Jul 19, 2013 8:54AM
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If the folks gambling will take up drinking & smoking....

 

They lose their $$$, their health and kick the bucket....win/win.

 

If no drinking/smoking, when they lose their $$$, we are stuck supporting their healthy butt.

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