Opponents of a Tobacco Tax Initiative Say Local Governments Could Lose Money if the Measure Passes

Opponents of a tobacco tax initiative on the Missouri ballot say local governments could lose money if the measure passes. The proposal could raise the state cigarette tax from $0.17 to $0.90 per pack and also increase taxes on other tobacco products. An estimate from the state auditor’s office says it would generate between $283 million and $423 million annually for the state, but an association of convenience stores hired an economist at MU to analyze the issue. That study assumes a higher tax will decrease sales of tobacco products, thus decreasing dales tax revenues for cities and counties.

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Senior Quarterback Justin Baylard from

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The St. Francis Borgia/Maplewood-Richmond Heights football game this week is cancelled. Maplewood has cancelled the game due to low numbers and injuries. Borgia Athletic Director Brad Bruns has sent out word across the state that the Knights are looking for a week three opponent but the Missouri State High School Activities Association has already declared the game a 13-0 forfeit.