Tobacco tax veto stands
Lawmakers' attempt to override Governor Jindal's veto of HB 591 failed to rally a 2/3rds majority vote in the House today. That means 4-cents of Louisiana's 36-cent tax on tobacco will expire next year.
In a statement from the American Cancer Society, Andrew Muhl, Government Relations in Louisiana said "The youth of Louisiana lost today. When cigarettes are cheaper, more kids smoke and pay the price with their health. It’s just that simple. "
Governor Jindal says he vetoed the bill because failing to block a tax reduction is the same as passing a new tax, something he has promised not to do.