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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Speak Out Now!

Dear fellow cigar enthusiast,

The U.S. Senate will shortly vote on a proposal to expand the state children’s health insurance program by $35 billion.

Funding is to be provided solely through higher tobacco taxes. The tax increases on cigars are particularly punitive, as all large cigars would be subject to a tax of 53.13% of the manufacturer’s selling price. This is an increase of 156.4% over the current rate! And, while the current tax on cigars is capped so no cigar pays more than $.05 in federal taxes, the proposed legislation would increase the cap by 20,413% (not a typo) to $10 per cigar! The combination of these two factors will result in a dramatic increase in cigar prices in the U.S. and cause hardship and injury to consumers and cigar makers alike.

We urge you to contact your own U.S. Senators as well as the President(see link below), and urge them to vote to oppose the punitively high cigar tax increases in the state children’s health insurance legislation.

Visit http://rtda.org/legislation.html click "Take Action Now" and email your senators!

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11 Comments:

  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger Greg Hoffman, Internet Marketing Gorilla said…

    I did my part by posting it on my blog.

     
  • At 6:56 PM, Anonymous stinkie said…

    I as well

     
  • At 12:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yes, another tax. another demonstration of the demoncrats idea of compassion. yes they are compassionate but with other peoples money.

     
  • At 9:24 AM, Anonymous 3rd Regular Guy said…

    ...and other peoples' lives. The shakeup this could have on the market demand will invariably have an impact on employment in the DR, Honduras, Nicaragua, etc. Way to go Congress!

     
  • At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Both Texas Senators are not for this bill, I did not see whom voted for the bill

    Since I have been smoking cigars for 60 years and nothing has bothered me, They both took my vote against the bill

     
  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger The Bald Guy said…

    I contacted both Senators here in Colorado and only heard back from Ken Salazar. Since he is on the committee and a Democrat he said he would vote for the new tax increase. I let him know how stupid he was and how much it would affect cigar smokers everywhere. We need to keep on these guys.

     
  • At 9:37 PM, Anonymous C. McCalla said…

    Please, all must contact their congressional representatives! This tax will drive your favorite cigars off the market!

    Thank you,
    C. McCalla

     
  • At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    nibble,nibble away at our freedoms and pleasures...30 years from now; "Welcome to the Socialist Republik of America, Senor' Tovarich".

     
  • At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    where is Arnold when we really need him ?? Tell me he is sitting still on this one ??

     
  • At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Steve R said…

    I thought you may be interested in this response I received from Senator Bill Nelson of Florida after sending him an email questioning the increase. It looks like something we all can live with.

    In the FYI Department, I also sent the same email to Senator Mel Martinez also of Florida. All I got back from his office was some babble about the SCHIP program and, nothing about how increased taxes would affect cigars. So, if you live in Florida, vote for anyone running against Martinez. I's proven again that he doesn't pay attention.



    Please do not reply to this e-mail. If you need to send another message to Senator Nelson, please use the form on his Web site: http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm#email


    Dear Mr. Rothstein:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding excise taxes on tobacco products.

    The Senate recently passed legislation that expanded health coverage to 3.2 million more children by raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. As a strong supporter of the children’s health insurance program, I believe all children should have access to basic health care coverage. However, I voted for passage of this bill only after working out a compromise with the Senate Finance Committee that decreased an onerous tax on cigars from a cap of $10 to $3 per cigar.

    The bill now heads to a panel charged with working out the differences between the Senate- and House-approved versions of the bill; the House measure places a $1 dollar tax cap on cigars. I believe both these plans now provide a significant boost to the children’s health insurance program without imposing heavy-handed taxes.

    I appreciate your concerns on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.



    P.S. From time to time, I compile electronic news briefs highlighting key issues and hot topics of particular importance to Floridians. If you'd like to receive these e-briefs, visit my Web site and sign up for them at http://billnelson.senate.gov/news/ebriefs.cfm

     
  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger Cigar Blog Moderator said…

    I got the same letter this week. A $3.00 cap is still way too high. They want us to settle for something less than $10.00 for a cap, and keep quiet.

     

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