Black elected officials from St. Louis say a half-dollar more would raise millions for early childhood education
Last statewide tax increase in 1987.
That was the message from university leaders at a Wednesday news conference to support raising the cigarette tax from the current 17 cents per pack to 90 cents.
Backers of a proposal to increase Missouri’s lowest-in-the nation cigarette taxes wrapped up a statewide bus tour Friday at the state Capitol.
The “Show-Me A Brighter Future” campaign plans to begin the bus tour Monday in Jefferson City and visit more than 20 cities in 12 days.
Missouri voters will be asked in November to raise the state’s tobacco tax and let St. Louis run its own police department.
Initiatives include whether to raise the minimum wage, increase tobacco taxes and limit interest rates on payday loans.
The measure would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax from 17 cents per pack to 90 cents beginning January.
The Missouri tax is 17-cents a pack, the lowest in the nation.
Phil Accordino, president of RYO Machine, says this bill is nothing more than an attempt to put another notch in Philip Mottis’ belt.