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O’Connell: With the budget ‘out of whack’ – it’s time for a higher tax

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford reiterated this week that he would veto legislation that would raise the Palmetto state’s cigarette tax by 50 cents per pack.

Sanford’s counterpart in North Carolina may very well have the same decision to make this summer as legislators look for new ways to shore-up the budget.

NC Prevention Partners’ Board Chair Peg O’Connell is optimistic Governor Bev Perdue and legislators will see the value of moving North Carolina’s cigarette tax closer to the national average.

O’Connell discusses taxes, the state’s smoking ban, and stroke prevention this weekend on “News & Views” with Chris Fitzsimon.

For a preview of O’Connell’s radio interview, please click below:

2 Comments


  1. James Protzman

    April 23, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Chickenfeed.

    It’s time for higher taxes in general, certainly on the upper crust.

  2. JT

    April 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    O’Connell for Govenor – this lady has it going on. $300M tax on something that kills people anyway…..where does Bev sign?

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