January 17, 2010

Tax may not help Kansas' budget woes enough

TOPEKA — If history is a guide, Gov. Mark Parkinson's proposal to raise the cigarette tax may not help the state with its budget woes as much as predicted. Budget analysts projected that increasing the cigarette tax by 55 cents a pack — from 79 cents to $1.34 — would generate almost $52 million toward closing a $400 million budget gap.

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