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

5 days 20 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Junior Basketball Player Hailey Diestelkamp with the Owensville Dutchgirls. She recently became the all-time scoring leader at Owensville High School surpassing Katie Davis. Hailey played volleyball her first two years of high school, but after suffering an injury playing basketball last summer, she decided to focus on basketball this year. Hailey runs track in the spring.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 week 5 days ago

It came as a shock to a lot of people to find out that the contract for the Union license office, which has been operated by the Union Chamber of Commerce since the 1970's, was being turned over to a for-profit company based out of Jefferson City.

What happened? It's a classic case of two all-too-common phenomena in the world of government--unintended consequences and the revolving door.

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SPORTS CORNER

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Saint Louis erased a nine-point second half deficit and had a shot to win it late, but fell 60-56 against UMass Saturday in a thrilling Atlantic 10 Conference game at Chaifetz Arena. It was the fourth loss in a row for the Billikens, who fall to 9-12 overall and 1-7 in league play. UMass improves to 12-9 overall and 5-3 in the A-10. The Billikens had the ball down by two with the shot clock off.