Thursday, March 19, 2009

State (D) Mentions "Crisis": Bootlegging

Commenting on the cigarette-tax increase:

Rep. Gary Sherman, D-Port Wing, said while he doesn't oppose the cig tax increase, he wonders at one point high taxes will create a "black market" for "contraband" tobacco.

"At some point you reach a point where non-market things happen ... which would be a much bigger crisis than the one we have happening," he said.

Crisis, Gary? You're going to approve $1.7 BILLION in tax increases and an ~8% INCREASE in State spending, and you refer to penny-ante black market traffic as a "crisis"?

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