Comparing Excise Taxes on Cigarettes, Beer and Wine
Arizona Smokers’ Contributions
In 2001, Arizona smokers comprised only 21.6%1 of the adult population in the state. Here is what they already pay because they choose to buy a legal product:
Smokers’ Economic/Tax Profile 2001
35.6% of Arizona smokers had household income LESS THAN $25,000
9.8% of Arizona smokers had household income EQUAL TO or GREATER THAN $75,000
The impact of smoker payments on the incomes of working families was more than THREE TIMES the impact on higher income smokers. Those who can afford it least pay a disproportionate percentage of their hard-earned income in smoker payments.
Arizona Smoker Facts 5
CIGARETTES DON’T PAY TAXES –
ARIZONA SMOKERS DO!!
FY2002 & FY2003 Appropriations Report: Summary of Appropriated Operating Funds by Agency for Fiscal Years 2002 and 2003
FY2004 and 2005 Executive Budget Detail
6. American Economics Group, Inc., The U.S. Tobacco Industry in 1997: Its Economic Impact in the States.
$344,962,064 has been paid to Arizona since the Master Settlement Agreement was signed on November 23, 1998.
No Laws Found
(Thanks Sherry!) Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) is doing it RIGHT!!:
He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails.
Took away their weights.
Cut off all but “G” movies.
He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects. Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn’t get sued for discrimination. He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails. So he hooked up the cable TV again but only let in the Disney channel and the weather channel.
When asked why the weather channel he replied, so they will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs. He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.
He bought Newt Gingrich’ lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.
TOO HOT FOR ARIZONA CONVICTS ???
It’s even hotter than usual in Phoenix, 116 degrees sets a new record, the Associated Press reports: About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampmentat the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts.
On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before. Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks.
“It feels like we are in a furnace,” said James Zanzo’t, an inmate who has lived in the tents for 1 1/2 ! years. “It’s inhumane.” Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic.
He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: “It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your damned mouths. “