Nixon Remains Mute on Cigarette Tax

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KMOX) – Missourians could soon be paying more for cigarettes but Governor Nixon doesn’t want to take a stand on the issue.

In November, voters will decide if they want the state’s cigarette tax to increase.

When asked about the tax Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon refused to take a side.

“I don’t expect to be active in anyway in that campaign and we’ll await the verdict of Missourians this fall,” Nixon said.

But not all politicians are staying quiet. Representative Chris Kelly says he supports increasing the cigarette tax.

“It will still be among the lowest – it’s the lowest in the nation now – it will still be among the lowest in the nation,” Kelly said.

Missouri’s current cigarette tax is seventeen cents.


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