The proposed settlement is heralded by some as a major victory, supposedly securing $100 million for the state to use for coastal restoration. In reality, the proposed settlement, if adopted, would yield nowhere near $100 million and divert much of the money it did raise to unrelated government spending. Two key flaws undermine the settlement’s...View Report
The reality is government wants more revenue, and taxes on tobacco prey on the vulnerable and burden the poor. As these revenue streams become perpetuated and critical, elected leaders give moral approval to the exploitation of addiction.