Press Release: SENATE FINANCE KILLS FAVOLA’S CIGARETTE TAX BILL: SB 155 Would Allow Arlington & Fairfax to Raise Tax $0.30

January 20, 2016

 

Richmond, VA - The Senate Finance Committee voted to pass by indefinitely a bill allowing Arlington and Fairfax Counties to raise the local cigarette tax rates from 30 cents to 60 cents. SB 155, patroned by Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), would require that proceeds from the tax raise be dedicated to primary and secondary education.

 

Senator Favola: “Arlington and Fairfax should have the right to provide crucial funding for education by executing a small tax increase on cigarettes. Besides the indisputable economic benefits of raising taxes on this harmful product, my bill would have a positive public health impact by discouraging nonsmokers, and children in particular, from starting to smoke.”

 

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Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2016 session, Senator Favola serves on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.

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