Fight continues for cigarette tax and revenue agreement

Posted on: 11/9/17

Seventy-one members of the state House of Representatives voted yes late yesterday on the “Grand Bargain” bill, a bipartisan budget bill (HB 1054) that included a cigarette tax increase, but it wasn’t enough to meet the constitutional requirement of a 75 percent supermajority (76 votes). Numerous OHA members made phone calls, sent emails, and made personal visits to their House of Representatives members this week in an effort to pass the bill. For a good recap of the day’s events and to see how your representative voted, click here. Please take the time to thank the representatives who voted yes.

HB 1054 includes increases in the cigarette tax by $1.50 and other tobacco products, motor fuel at 6 cents per gallon, and low-point beer taxes, as well as an increase from 2 percent to 4 percent in the gross production tax incentive rate for the first 36 months of new wells’ production. The measure could be brought up for reconsideration.

OHA will keep you informed of next steps and developments as this funding crisis continues.

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