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.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is State Champion Wrestler Dalton Voyles from Pacific High School. Dalton won the class 3 title at 182 pounds with a 6-2 decision over Zach Courtoise of Kearney Saturday at the University of Missouri-Columbia. It caps off a tremendous season for Dalton with a 56-2 record. Dalton, who is very good on his feet, took control early in the bout in securing the win over Courtoise.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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The balance of power in Congress may have changed hands, but the game of "budget chicken" is on again--albeit on a smaller scale.

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SPORTS CORNER

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Paul Stastny netted the game-winner with 5:40 to play to give the Blues a 2-1 win over the Oilers at Rexall Place. Dmitrij Jaskin found the back of the net as well and Brian Elliot had 21 saves. The victory was St. Louis's fourth straight on the road. Ben Scrivens gave up both goals on 27 shots for Edmonton, which has dropped five of its last seven. Justin Schultz scored the Oilers' lone goal in the loss.