3.6% in increases or $ 921 million more in the nearly $ 27.3 billion state budget. 100% unnecessary.
There is a ten cent increase in cigarette taxes to $ 1.45 a pack. A $ 4.00 pack of smokes now has a tax rate of 36%.
Pennsylvania has a $ 6 billion dollar retail market that is today totally untaxed. At the same time the combined state and local governments of Pennsylvania spend well over $ 250