A legislative committee has voted down a proposed hike in Alabama's cigarette tax. The votes kills a major proposal for filling a shortfall in the state's operating budget.
The Ways and Means General Fund Committee narrowly rejected the cigarette tax increase by an 8-7 today.
The bill would have boosted cigarette taxes by 25 cents per pack.
The increase would raise $66 million in revenue. The state general fund is facing a shortfall of $200 million for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.