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January 13, 2009

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It is un-American to segregate a group of people to alleviate a budget shortfall.

"The taxing power of government must be used to provide revenues for legitimate government purposes. It must not be used to regulate the economy or bring about social change."
– President Ronald Reagan

Let’s be honest here. While I realize that stating publicly that the purpose of this tax is to create better health for the commonwealth, while making up for the state government’s budget shortfalls is considered politically correct. Truthfully, if you were trying to facilitate great health, then citizens would stop smoking, which would not help the budget shortfall because no one would be purchasing the tobacco products. However, if the state government has chosen a group specifically because they believe they will continue to purchase the item that is being over taxed (thus, not truly creating better health for the commonwealth) this would obviously increase revenues for the state. Unfortunately for this bill, segregation ended years ago. This is a form of Institutionalized Discrimination and it is unconstitutional.

Say no to House Bill 68. There are multitudes of alternatives for generating revenue for the commonwealth. Do not segregate a group of citizens to aid in the closure of the budget gap.

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