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Tobacco tax hike advances but could be headed to voters

After stalling for weeks, a proposed hike in tobacco taxes to fund Medicaid took another step closer to the finish line on Thursday.

The House Committee on Revenue passed House Bill 2270 by a vote of 5-to-2, but an amendment would send the package to voters for approval if it passes into law.

Under HB 2270, the cigarette tax would rise from $1.33 to $3.33 per pack, in line with Washington and California. The price of a pack would go up to about $8 from $6. In addition, vaping products and cigars…

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