Jack Johnson, friend of big tobacco
Posted in the Franklin Forum
#1 Apr 26, 2012
Can you believe this so called "republican" is behind the bill to increase taxes on "roll your own" cigarette shops? It' nothing more than a tax increase to pay back his big tobacco buddies and the money I'm sure they have shuttled to him and his campaign.
These shops pay sales taxes, they employ people and they simply rent you the use of their machine, as sell you the tobacco and tubes needed to make your own cigarettes. The adoption of this tax will not increase state tax revenues because the shops will probably just close, hence no tax collections. Plus, the people they employ will be out of jobs.
Great stuff huh, higher taxes and a job killer too?
Let's hope the house has enough sense to vote down this wrong legislation. It doesn't make sense except to "level the field" (Jack RJ Reynolds boy Johnson's own words) between the small, job creating entrepreneur and big tobacco. This guy is a puppet and a laugh.
If the state wants to raise more money in cigarette taxes just raise taxes on the big tobacco companies, they have the deep pocket. Maybe that pocket is so deep that it can create legislation that would crush their competition.
I do not own nor have any interests in any of these businesses, nor do I smoke. I am just tired of big business inserting itself into our political process.
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