It's going to cost Minnesota smokers more to light up in 2016. An automatic inflationary adjustment to the state's excise tax will take effect tomorrow (Friday). It means Minnesotans will be paying more for cigarettes in the new year.
A looming tax hike on cigarettes has led to booming business at tobacco shops across Minnesota. The cigarette tax jumps $1.60 per pack in three weeks, and customers are preparing by stocking up on dozens of cartons.
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An influential Minnesota House Democrat is proposing a substantial increase in the state's cigarette tax. Rep. Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington wants to more than double the state's cigarette tax by $1.60 a pack, from $1.23 to $2.83.
Smokers in Minnesota start paying another penny a pack for cigarettes starting Monday, as an annual adjustment in the state's cigarette tax takes effect. State law requires the cigarette sales tax to be adjusted each year to reflect inflation and current retail prices.
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