- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)6
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- State Supreme Court rules against congressman's mother in dog-kennel defamation case (4/27/17)1
- Strattman to step down as principal at St. Mary (4/28/17)1
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
Proposition A would create more government
To the editor:
Do you feel undertaxed? You can remedy that situation by voting yes on Proposition A next Tuesday.
As a non-smoker, it is tempting to vote an additional tax on a product I do not use and dislike. But before you vote yes, consider the additional bureaucracy that would inevitably be created. We would have an emergency preparedness resource account, a health-care treatment and access account, a life-services research account, and early-care and education account and a tobacco and addition-prevention program account. Each would require a director, assistant director, secretaries and support staff.
This tax is predicted to bring in $343 million a year. If, as expected, the increased cost of smoking became prohibitive for our youths and if other smokers quit smoking, revenue would drop. The bureaucracy would already be in place, however, and the legislature would be pressured to fund these additional levels of service.
You will remember the lawsuit against the tobacco companies. The money was supposed to treat smoking-related illnesses. In most cases, that has not happened.
Is there anyone in this country over the age of 6 who does not know tobacco is harmful to your health?