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Tobacco funds may get mixed into the general fund in Pennsylvania's budget

There are 18 comments on the Public Opinion story from Mar 27, 2011, titled Tobacco funds may get mixed into the general fund in Pennsylvania's budget. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

The Pennsylvania government has been digging into the extra $300 million that tobacco companies have been sending to the state each year for health costs resulting from tobacco use.

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brown skirt

Waynesboro, PA

#1 Mar 28, 2011
Put the money into economic development. We need the jobs! Those people in the smoking cessation programs have been wasting that money for 10 years. It's a "feel good' program that has no efficacy. They can't even tell you how many poeple (if any) have stopped smoking because of their program, probably because the program is a boondoggle.
Pitt James Pitt

Greencastle, PA

#2 Mar 28, 2011
are you saying i am going to have to smoke more to help fund the state??
Hard Truth

Greencastle, PA

#3 Mar 28, 2011
I am suprised that the tobacco companies have not sued to get the money back. Since the state violated the terms of the judgement by spending it on things other than getting people to stop smoking. Can't even trust government to live up to it's own legal judgments.
MrSilenceDogood

Mercersburg, PA

#4 Mar 28, 2011
This is another shining example of government waste and abuse. They're pouring all this money into smoking cessation programs, and at the same time depending on people smoking to fund it. Tobacco taxes account for about 6% of the state's revenue!

Right now, the PA Department of Health goes around sending young-looking undercover agents into stores with fake IDs trying to get the clerks to sell them cigarettes, just so they can fly in and hit the store with a fine if the clerk is fooled. And even worse, they've written the administrative law in such a way that the defendant will almost automatically be found guilty if they try to fight it and go to a hearing in front of a judge. Just like game laws and dog laws, they've rigged it in favor of the bureacracy. It's not right.
Dave

Newville, PA

#5 Mar 28, 2011
Hard Truth wrote:
I am suprised that the tobacco companies have not sued to get the money back. Since the state violated the terms of the judgement by spending it on things other than getting people to stop smoking. Can't even trust government to live up to it's own legal judgments.
This is right on target.

First Corbett takes EDjobs money from the federal government meant to help keep teachers & throws that into the general fund. Now tobacco money.

Yet for some reason, he can't put on a severance tax.

Taking money from Children, keeping smokers smoking,but lets protect his campaign financiers.
just candid

AOL

#6 Mar 28, 2011
Theft is theft, even if it's done by Goverment. When Goverment settled with BIG TOBACCO they all agreed on how the money was to be spent and used.
Hound at Heart

Geigertown, PA

#7 Mar 28, 2011
Just one more example of our "leaders" (I shudder to call them that!) either not following their own rules, or making them up as they go along!
just candid

AOL

#8 Mar 28, 2011
Hound at Heart wrote:
Just one more example of our "leaders" (I shudder to call them that!) either not following their own rules, or making them up as they go along!
People(stupid?) put them in office. SAY WHAT YOU LIKE, BUT THEY'RE STILL THERE.
Seamore

Greencastle, PA

#9 Mar 28, 2011
Corbett's budget would trim the cessation/prevention programs from $14.7 million in 2010 to $14.2 million in 2010, a small cut compared to prior years. The state spent more than $45 million on the program in 2004.

Once again the writers at the Public Opinion need to proof reaad their stories before publishing them. How can Corbett, who is the new governor change anything in 2010??
Termite

Chambersburg, PA

#10 Mar 28, 2011
How much do you spend a year on Sugar Diabetes treatment, heart attcks, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. from eatng fatty foods? When are you going to go after them and start taxing their fatty foods like you do tobacco? I would like to see what the most is spent on, I would be willing to bet that more money is spent for the obese side effects than the smoking side effects. How about the people who drink too much, are you taxing the alcohol like tobacco? You have medical costs for the alcoholics that do not work and how about the people that get killed innocently by drunks? I bet htere are more of them then people who die from second hand smoke. It seems that tobacco is the only bad habit you go after even though there are many others as bad if not worse. Now, you want to use the money that you so badly needed for medical costs (yeah right) for other uses (how convienient). Not only do you get money from tobacco companies (which is ridiculous)but you also tax the hell out of every pack. All bad habits should be treated equally. Let's start dealing with alcoholism and obesity as you do tobacco users.
MPO

Shippensburg, PA

#11 Mar 28, 2011
What happen to Social Security when they put it in the general fund? They gave it to the top 3%!
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#12 Mar 28, 2011
Yup. One more case of disregard for CDC recommendations.
Tom Witherow

Reading, PA

#13 Mar 28, 2011
This is unacceptable!!!!
There are so many Pennsylvanians who have died
or are dying (I am in this group) from tobacco use who have never seen one red cent of the funds which were supposedly earmarked for us...
Not Quite

Shippensburg, PA

#14 Mar 28, 2011
Dave wrote:
<quoted text> This is right on target.
First Corbett takes EDjobs money from the federal government meant to help keep teachers & throws that into the general fund. Now tobacco money.
Yet for some reason, he can't put on a severance tax.
Taking money from Children, keeping smokers smoking,but lets protect his campaign financiers.
The EdJobs $ was a short=term fix that fed gov gave to states. That money was spent by Rendell before Corbett even took office.
Dave

Newville, PA

#15 Mar 28, 2011
Not Quite wrote:
<quoted text>
The EdJobs $ was a short=term fix that fed gov gave to states. That money was spent by Rendell before Corbett even took office.


That is not true. Yet another lie.

http://www.publicopiniononline.com/ci_1757035...
johniej

Chambersburg, PA

#16 Mar 28, 2011
Looks like Corbett's raping Mary to pay Peter and Paul.
agree

Whitehall, PA

#17 Mar 29, 2011
johniej wrote:
Looks like Corbett's raping Mary to pay Peter and Paul.
Like a good catholic would.
johniej

Newville, PA

#18 Mar 29, 2011
agree wrote:
<quoted text>
Like a good catholic would.
I didn't mean it in a religious way!?! Instead of Robbing Peter to pay Paul.......I thought the AG and Govenor take an oath to uphold the laws , ALL of the LAWS. I must have missed something?!? Looks like he is following along in King Eddys' footsteps.

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