Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook: Saturday will be the milder of the two days. Sun and clouds will be the rule with early weekend highs in the mid 80s. Back to the low to mid 90s on Sunday!
AUSTIN (AP) - The state's $1 tax hike on cigarettes generated
244 million dollars more than expected this year.
The high revenues came in as cigarette sales didn't decline as
quickly as anti-smoking advocates had hoped.
Lawmakers passed the $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase last
year to help offset cuts in local property taxes. There's now $1.41
tax on each pack of cigarettes.
A spokesman for the Texas Comptroller's Office says the budget
experts continue to believe consumption will drop in the coming
Anti-smoking groups say the revenue numbers show that the
cigarette tax is a solid revenue stream, but they also argue that
some of the income should fund cessation programs.
A spokesman for tobacco company Philip Morris USA says the tax
will prove to be an unreliable source of revenue.
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