More Kentuckians Calling Smoking Cessation Hotline

Kentucky and federal cigarette taxes go up Wednesday, and state officials say they are already seeing an increase in calls to the state-sponsored quitline.   Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program Manager Irene Centers says they’re preparing for calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW to increase in the coming weeks.  “We’ve been on some calls and emails about the […]

Tax Hikes On Cigarettes, Alcohol Win Final Approval

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The 2009 Kentucky General Assembly is increasing taxes on alcohol and cigarettes to address an almost haf-billion dollar shortfall in the state budget. After passing the House 66-34 earlier this week, the tax bill moved to the Senate, where 23 votes were needed for passage. It got 24, including […]

Budget Bill Moves To Kentucky Senate Floor

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear made an early morning appearance before the Senate Appropriations and Revenue committee. He was there to urge passage of the tax bill that cleared the House Wednesday 66-34. Beshear says the measure protects his top priorities – education, human services and public safety. “Senate leadership, […]

KY House Approves Budget Plan

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The Kentucky House has approved a budget balancing plan that raises taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. To raise revenue in a non-budget year, House leaders needed a supermajority, or 60 votes, to pass the tax bill. They got 66. Thirty-four lawmakers, including Republican Rep. Stan Lee of Lexington voted […]

KY Legislative Leaders To Talk Taxes

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky House and Senate leaders are now signaling it’s likely going to require new revenue sources to balance the state budget this fiscal year. After caucusing for two hours, House Democrats gave their leaders the green light to talk taxes with Senate leaders. All options remain on the table, […]

Kentucky's Proposed Cigarette Tax

Earlier this month Governor Steve Beshear proposed a seventy cent increase in the tax on cigarettes. His reasoning? Kentucky needs the money, and we have one of the lowest cigarette tax rates in the nation (47th out of 50 as of January 2008). Needless to say, there are groups on both sides of the issue. Some say we need the money and it’s a good way to get it, others say it will cost retailers money and jobs by cutting into sales; another group claims it’s the best thing for our health, and the farmers, still reeling from the changes brought by the tobacco settlement are poised to see demand drop even farther. Listen to the Show

Cigarette Tax, Smoking Ban Discussed At Forum

Governor Steve Beshear’s proposal to raise Kentucky’s cigarette tax was the topic of discussion at the monthly Louisville Forum Wednesday. One of the panelists was Beshear’s chief of staff, Adam Edelen, who said raising the tax by 70 cents per pack would generate some much-need revenue and help reduce smoking in the Commonwealth. Edelen said […]

Poll Finds Support For Cigarette Tax

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh  A new poll released by a coalition of health groups indicates Kentucky voters strongly support a substantial increase in the state cigarette tax. The survey of 500 registered voters shows 69-percent of those polled support a one-dollar increase in the tax. That sounds good to Governor Steve Beshear, who’s […]

Lawmakers To Take Up Cigarette Tax

Kentucky lawmakers will soon consider proposals to increase the state’s cigarette tax to generate revenue and help offset a $456 million budget shortfall. Governor Steve Beshear is calling for a 70 cent per pack hike in the tax. One bill to that effect has been prefiled by Democratic Representative David Watkins of Henderson. Watkins, who’s […]