How Bloombergs Sin Tax really works!


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Sin Tax Wars! 60.9% of all smokes in NY go untaxed « Hot Air
Sin Tax Wars! 60.9% of all smokes in NY go untaxed

                         With all the nonsense that’s been going on in the Empire State of late – especially [the Governor’s successful gun rantings ](http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/18/ny-gun-law-tweaks/1845935/)-  I’d begun to worry that New York was doomed for mediocrity. But for  better or worse, you just can’t keep the government of this state down.  If we can’t lead in freedom, prosperity or employment, we can at least  be [the capital of piracy](http://www.cspnet.com/news/tobacco/articles/nyacs-responds-cigarette-smuggling-report). (Cigarette smuggling piracy, that is.)

The Midland, Mich.-based Mackinac Center has released smuggling reports in 2006 and 2009, in addition to its most recent report covering 2011. In 2006, the Mackinac Center estimated that New York had the fifth highest smuggling rate in the country as 35.81%. In 2008, New York’s state excise tax on cigarettes nearly doubled, going from $1.50 to $2.75 per pack. In the Mackinac Center’s 2009 report, New York rose to number two on the list, with a smuggling rate of 47.35%. State excise taxes rose again in 2010, going from $2.75 to the state’s current $4.35. Not surprisingly, the 190% increase in state excise taxes from 2006 through 2011 catapulted New York to its title as the most smuggled state.

More at the link!


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Mayor Bloomie, who can pass for a Republican nowhere but New York, has obviously instituted a stimulus plan for the NYC mob. The next step will obviously be tobacco-sniffing dogs at all bridges and tunnels leading into Gotham. Of course, to implement that he’ll have to ban all tobacco products from motor vehicles entering the city, which is certainly not a stretch for the man who just announced restrictions on hospital emergency room pain killer prescription issuances. And that may in turn serve to single-handedly revive the fortunes of the port of Portsmouth, New Hampshire from which the cigarettes come. Someone may have to acquaint the good mayor with the symbolism in the naming of the Cigarette boat.

Reason number…I forgot which number we’re on…to not live in New York…it’s either #1365 or #1375:

“The city hospitals we control, so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of the other hospitals to do it, voluntary guidelines. Somebody said, oh, somebody wrote, ‘Oh then maybe there won’t be enough painkillers for the poor who use the emergency rooms as their primary care doctor,’” the mayor said on his weekly radio show with John Gambling. “Number one, there’s no evidence of that. Number two, supposing it is really true, so you didn’t get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit. The other side of the coin is people are dying and there’s nothing perfect … There’s nothing that you can possibly do where somebody isn’t going to suffer, and it’s always the same group [claiming], ‘Everybody is heartless.’ Come on, this is a very big problem.”


#3

Let begin the war on cigarettes.