The dollar-per-pack increase will apply to cigarettes and a few other smoking devices, but not chewing tobacco or “moist snuff”.
The foreclosure crisis pushed rental prices higher, which has spelled disaster for some renters.
“Governors want to project a sense that they’re in charge, and there are things to talk about besides huge budget deficits and financial crisis.
Lawmakers are considering a package of tax breaks for businesses and individuals. One version has already passed the Senate, but bombed in the House.