Georgia House Rejects Governor's Tobacco Tax Hike as State Faces $1 Billion Gap

DeSue, Tedra
March 2003
Bond Buyer;3/28/2003, Vol. 343 Issue 31803, p34
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Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue's initiative to help cover deficiencies in state budget 2004, a tax increase on tobacco products, has been rejected by the House of Representatives on March 26, 2003.Perdue had called for a 46-cent per pack increase on thecigarette tax. Considering that that would have been barely more than a third of what is needed to close the estimated 1 billion dollar budget gap, some lawmakers said it didn't make sense to pass the increase.


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