Kander deciding what to do on tobacco tax after court ruling
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander isn’t saying yet how he will handle a ballot proposal seeking to raise the cigarette tax in light of recent court rulings.
The state Supreme Court recently turned down an appeal of a ruling ordering a change to the ballot summary for the measure that would phase in a 60-cent increase to the state’s 17-cent-a-pack cigarette tax.
The ruling said the summary prepared by Kander’s office should have noted that a separate, new 67-cent-a-pack fee on some cigarette brands will rise annually.
Opponents contend the petitions for the ballot initiative should be invalidated because they were gathered under the old summary.
A Kander spokeswoman said Friday that the office is still reviewing the effect of the court ruling and has no comment.