Release: August 29, 2005
Senator Randy Brogdon
Senate Republican Says Call for Special
Session Should Include Tobacco Tax
Republican Senator Randy
Brogdon of Owasso said today that the call for special session
should include a fix for the tobacco tax.
“The Senate is coming back in a special session
this week and Governor Henry needs to expand the call so that
the legislature can fix the ever-growing problem that is the tobacco
tax. It is the governor and Treasurer Meacham’s poorly drafted
tobacco tax plan that has caused this mess; at the very least
the governor should enable the legislature to clean up his mess.
“There have been reports that six-cent stamps
are showing up on a disproportional amount of tribal cigarettes
rather than the higher tax stamps that can reach up to 87 cents.
The legislature needs to ensure that all tribes are complying
with the law by using the appropriate tax stamp,” stated
Brogdon also said this problem is greatly contributing
to the low revenue numbers that have yet to meet the expectations
promised to us by Gov. Henry and Treasurer Meacham. “The
intake needed to fund the health programs that the people of Oklahoma
voted for has yet to be met and will not be met until this problem
has been resolved by legislative action. This includes the Premium
Assistance Program that will help many Oklahoma small businesses
provide insurance coverage to their employees, along with the
trauma center and the cancer treatment center”.
The tribal price advantage on cigarettes –
which in some cases can be as much as $9.70 per carton - has also
crippled non-tribal business, especially in the Tulsa area.
“To truly and completely address the tobacco
tax issue aggressive legislative action is needed quickly,”
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