Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell just won’t give it up: even when signing the state’s $28 billion budget, he lamented that it lacked a tax on cigars. He couldn’t celebrate that this was the first budget to be passed on time in eight year. Instead, the governor had to dwell on one of the few things he did right.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Even as he signed the budget, he lamented the Legislature’s refusal to tax cigars and smokeless tobacco, increase taxes on cigarettes and close a loophole that businesses use to skirt the corporate net income tax.
He continued that cigar tax revenue could have been used to build up a reserve for next year or “alleviate pain” for the present. Of course, that assumes that a tobacco tax would actually work …