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 30, 2013 8:34PM
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Strange!  The state of Nevada was left off this list!
Jul 30, 2013 8:56PM
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Which fool decided that smoking, drinking and gambling are sin?

 

Jul 30, 2013 8:08PM
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Cashing in on sin?  Guess they'll believe in God if there's revenue in it.
Jul 30, 2013 7:59PM
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Giving the government additional tax money is similar to trying to make a waterfall wetter .
Jul 30, 2013 9:10PM
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We don't allow no tobacco round here: cept to tax it and discriminate against the people that use it.
Jul 31, 2013 1:17AM
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Since when does a godless, amoral media call anything a "sin"?

 

Jul 30, 2013 9:14PM
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Most sin taxes are the way Government has become a  partner with organized crime.  Gambling, lottos, alcohol, smoking, is away to tax the lower middle class who tend to use more of it and spend their welfare money, then the gov. taxes the rev, and the Gov. is a 51% stake holder so they get the profits, and then they ask for more tax money to raise welfare payments because the poor are poorer, and it is a perpetual money machine for the Government, and at the expense of tax payers, TAXES just keep going up and up, and the retirements for Government unions get bigger, while everyone gets poorer!!! thank you demonrats.
Jul 30, 2013 11:09PM
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At least the "sinners" are putting in, unlike the deadweight welfare foodstamp takers.
Jul 31, 2013 9:23AM
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I find it curious that the existence of sin is acknowledged, but the existence of God is questioned.
Jul 30, 2013 9:13PM
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Can't you see that if all Americans suddenly decided to live healthy, no smoking, moderate drinking, and did not need drugs to recover from the few amounts of sicknesses there would be, that the economy would crash completely. And the government would go out of business, with no money made from these things.
Amazing to think that the US economy thrives on people doing terrible things to their bodies. Totally unbelievable.

Jul 30, 2013 9:22PM
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Good to see Nevada doesn't cash in on sin.
Jul 30, 2013 10:31PM
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People want to drink. People want to smoke. People want to gamble. People want to have sex. 

Instead of wasting the taxpayers money trying to stop it, why not legalize it, regulate it and tax it?
Jul 30, 2013 10:19PM
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Interesting result in New Hampshire. Who would have thought that a lower tax rate could generate more revenue???

Oh, I know... JFK and Reagan

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You didn't give the costs ( payroll and non-payroll ) associated with this revenue. I want to see the NET GAIN or LOSS. In general anything the government gets into fails to produce a profit in the end. They just LOVE spending other peoples money and if it's a sin they are the only one's allowed to run it. Do as I say not as I do.
Jul 30, 2013 9:45PM
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Detroit is a city made by demonrats, for demonrats, by demonrats, the only thing downtown is 3 casinos, and they are not saving anything. Tax taxes taxes and you get poverty.
Jul 30, 2013 11:50PM
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You look at the total dollar figures the states receive from "sin tax" it's a joke for the state to claim this money goes to schools.
Jul 30, 2013 10:31PM
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So in a list of Sinful Cities, they left "Sin City" off the list?
Jul 31, 2013 9:03AM
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 The revenues will go to government programs and in turn go into the rich mans pocket.
Jul 30, 2013 10:42PM
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gambling instead of manufacturing good luck
Jul 30, 2013 7:45PM
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What this also does not say is the States All got Millions of dollars to cover the cost of smokers which those States pocked and have hardly ever put up warning billboards and put aside money to help cover the cost of smokers. Instead Obama Care wants to raise the health Care 50% more for just smokers. Yet fat people who have a larger and higher % rate to cost the Insurance companies are not even being charged more. There are fewer smokers than those who drink and kill people, and more over weight people than smokers. Anything a smoker can get the average person can get, except one, and that is emphysema. So why is Obama Care and States charging smokers more that anyone else? There should be the same tax on Gas, alcohol, and lottery tax, this would be fair. Those who have smoked are a dying breed, so the money from them is falling off thanks to all the stiff laws passed for smokers and higher insurance rates. Those who fought against getting rid of smoking have no ideal the amount of loss in revenue that is being lost there fore it will have to be made up some where. 
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