With the state's coffers showing signs of bottoming out, there is a natural inclination to consider piling on smokers again by increasing taxes on their habit. Never mind that the federal levy on cigarettes jumped 61.6 cents per pack in April 2009, taxing tobacco users who, as a group, number the poorest of our citizens. They remain a lucrative target by the more enlightened.
J. KARL MILLER: Taxing smokers isn't the answer to state revenue woes
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