Lawmakers to discuss cigarette tax hike Monday
BATON ROUGE- Four weeks remain in the Louisiana session. Balancing the budget is still the focus for state lawmakers, who have yet to reach an agreement on how to close the $1.6 billion shortfall.
Today the Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs is set to discuss a tax hike on cigarettes. The proposal would raise the tax by 32 cents, bringing the total to 68 cents per pack. The House has already approved the bill.
The current proposal is still less than the original amount, which sought to bring the tax up to $1.18. The bill would raise about $67 billion for the state.