taxes you'll be seeing at all levels of government. There will be small nips taken here and there. Anything that's less price sensitive will be always be the most vulnerable. We're starting to see city services cut or options for persons to continue them on a fee basis. It's going to get more and more ugly. The US government, state and local tax networks will outdo the worlds most notorious cities known to be teeming with pickpockets.
Starting April 1, people who still have jobs will have cuts in their tax liability so they get more money in their checks. However, this is, again, being on the backs of tobacco users because simultaneously, the Feds have increased their tax from $.39 (on average) to $1.01 PER PACK. That's a minimum of $7+ per carton (in some states this has automatically had the states kick in their own tax increase pushing that per pack tax even higher). This extra tax also goes into effect April 1; however, some stores had actually begun charging more earlier than that date in order to make an even larger profit on cartons already purchased by the stores for far less.
Since this tax increase is targeting ONLY a specific group, isn't this 'taxation without representation' and PROFILING?
I cannot, for the life of me, understand how the media can provide so much 'back slapping' enthusiasm and praise for the increase via tax cuts for the still employed, and hardly mention a word about how a specific group is being targeted by the perfectly LEGAL use of a product and are being gouged worse than any gas station out there has done it to drivers. At least the gouging by gas stations targeted EVERYONE 'fairly' or equally....but, once again, when the country needs revenue for anything at all, including states that want to build a new sports stadium, coliseum, entertainment center, etc. the smokers are the ONLY ones targeted to pay for it, even tho we aren't allowed to use our legal product in them. But they can allow the alcohol, another legal product, to be sold in rampant amounts and allow those people to drive away risking lives every time.