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Cigarette tax increase passes house, Sept. 11 Memorial

Sep 10, 2015

The House of Representatives narrowly approve a cigarette tax increase as a plan to fill a budget shortfall inches forward in the Alabama Legislature.

Representatives voted 52-46 for the bill to place an additional 25-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes. Republicans were narrowly able to muster the votes within their own party to approve the cigarette tax. Democrats largely voted against the bill, saying the state should consider tax reform or gambling measures.

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